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Underage DUI: dropping but still dangerous

In our age of 24/7 news online and on TV, it sometimes seems as if the world has gone crazy. Bad news, shocking headlines and breathtaking details pile on top of one another. Good news is often buried under an avalanche of bad.

Because our blog is focused on DUI information, our good news is focused there as well. Parents of teens will be happy to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there has been a steady in drinking and driving among teens over the past two decades or so. In 1991, 22 percent of teens said they drink and drive. By 2011, the underage DUI figure was down to 10 percent.

That 54 percent drop in teenaged drinking and driving is welcome news. The news in Colorado is even better: 8.5 percent of teens in our state drink and drive as opposed to the national average of 10 percent.

Of course, the goal of parents is to see those numbers drop to 0 percent.

Parents understand that an underage DUI can have serious consequences that can include loss of driving privileges, substantial fees and fines, installation of an ignition interlock device, alcohol awareness training, and even jail time for a second offense (and subsequent offenses). Just as important as those formal punishments are the unseen social penalties that could result in diminishment of higher education opportunities and a narrowing of career paths from which a teen might choose.

An experienced Denver DUI attorney can represent your teen in court and at DMV hearings important today and vital to protecting your teen’s tomorrow. 

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