College students in Massachusetts are heading back to campus, excited for a new year. Drinking is a big part of college life for some students, and this can lead to many issues including being arrested for a DUI. Getting a DUI as a college student can have more consequences than for other settled adults. While the same penalties for a DUI apply, future careers and scholarships may also be at stake.

According to FindLaw, drivers who are not of legal drinking age are especially in trouble if they are pulled over for suspected impaired driving. While others can have a blood alcohol level of up to .08, underage drinkers will receive a DUI if they have any level of alcohol in their system. Not only does a DUI for college students result in fines, possible jail time and license suspension, but the college can get involved and expel the student or take away a scholarship.

According to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, colleges need to do more to prevent drinking and driving among their students. Some of the techniques that have been shown to lower the incidents of DUI include:

  • Media campaigns
  • Safe ride programs
  • DUI checkpoints
  • Application of DUI laws

With the prevalence of cabs and ride share programs such as Uber and Lyft being readily available at most college campuses, students should understand the dire consequences of a DUI so they choose to be responsible and get a ride. Because their futures are at stake, college students should get an attorney involved to help fight an impaired driving conviction.