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What makes young people drink and drive?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Maryland has a zero-tolerance policy on drunk driving, and this includes young people under the age of 21. That means that young drivers can be criminally charged and face severe penalties if caught driving under the influence.

As well as fines and potential jail time, a DUI conviction can have long-term ramifications for young individuals. For example, a young person may be kicked out of college as a result of charges and a conviction and they may struggle to obtain work.

So, what is it that encourages some young people to drink and drive?

Fear of missing out

Alcohol tends to be advertised in a glamorous light. TV ads may show parties, cool nightclubs and friends all having a good time together. For many young people, this is the life they want to live. They want to get out there, attend the coolest spots in town and meet glamorous people.

The problem is that driving and consuming alcohol in the above situations do not mix. Young people can attend events without drinking, but they may be teased by their friends and even encouraged to take a drink, despite having the car with them. Peer pressure is a powerful phenomenon and it makes young people more likely to consume alcohol and drive.

Law enforcement and the criminal courts don’t take it easy on impaired drivers just because they are young. The consequences of a DUI conviction are serious and potentially life-changing.   

If your teenager is facing criminal charges, you may be able to help them build a defense. Seeking legal guidance is the first step in this process.