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How common is underage drunk driving?

Previously, we reviewed some of the consequences that may come with underage drunk driving, from fines and license suspension to the different ways that these charges can interfere with school. If you are a young driver, a young person who rides along with friends or the parent of a teen driver, it may be helpful to understand how prevalent underage drunk driving is in Massachusetts and across the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of high school-aged drunk drivers has decreased by more than 50 percent since 1991. That said, it remains a serious issue and continues to occur across the nation at a high rate. In fact, it is estimated that there are roughly 2.4 million instances of drivers who are in high school operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol each month. Moreover, estimates suggest that approximately one out of each 10 high school students will make the decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

When it comes to high school and drunk driving, ­there are a lot of topics that have to be considered. Unfortunately, some teens may find themselves falsely accused of driving under the influence, whereas others may not have realized that it was against the law to drive with a very small amount of alcohol in their system. Because DUI charges can have serious and long-term consequences for teenaged drivers, it is crucial for those who are in this position to take a careful approach and pinpoint the most sensible path forward.

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