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Going over data on underage drunk driving

A fact sheet which was published by the State of Indiana draws attention to some of the consequences of underage drunk driving. For example, those accused of DUI in Indianapolis may face harsh financial penalties, a prison term, and the loss of their driving privileges. In fact, those under the age of 21 may have to pay a reinstatement fee and have their license suspended if they are charged with drunk driving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated ten percent of teenagers in high school operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Moreover, research shows that drivers between 16 and 20 years old are far more likely to pass away in a motor vehicle wreck after they have been drinking in comparison to drivers in this age bracket who are sober.

Drunk driving among teens has decreased in comparison to 1991, by as much as 54 percent, the CDC states. That said, young people who are charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated may have their futures thrown off. For example, the charges could come back to haunt them when they are applying for a job or trying to go to college.

Furthermore, the suspension of a driver’s license is often challenging for a young person. The loss of driving privileges can make it hard to get to and from school or work, for example. As a result, it is essential for young people who are going through this to carefully go over any different options that are available.

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