For teenagers across the country, daily life can present a variety of challenges. Some teens may struggle with stress related to school, while others work through disagreements with family members and anxiety about the future. However, some find themselves pulled over for drunk driving and a number of consequences may lie ahead in the wake of DUI charges (difficulty applying for college or a job, losing the ability to drive and even time in prison). Teens and parents struggling with underage DUI charges should handle the case carefully. For now, we will look into some reasons why young people drive drunk.

In high school and college, peer pressure can be incredibly difficult for students. Many students fear that if they do not drink or participate in a certain alcohol-related activity such as beer pong, they will lose their popularity and suffer other social ramifications, such as losing a close friend in some instances. Moreover, teens may feel pressured to drive even though they have consumed alcohol or get in the car with someone else who has been drinking. 

Peer pressure is not the only problem associated with underage drunk driving, of course. Some young people are not aware that zero tolerance laws prohibit a driver under the age of 21 from operating a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system. Furthermore, some may not be aware that they consumed alcohol via a mixed drink they ha at a party.

We know how difficult DUI cases can be for families and our driving under the influence page offers more.