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Survey says that one in four teens drives drunk

April in Pennsylvania is prom season. The annual event where teens enjoy an evening of glamour and fun. Unfortunately, prom season could be deadly, as more teens are on the road later in the evening, with some doing so after drinking alcohol. 

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, one in four teen drivers admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Even more troubling, many believe that alcohol does not impair their ability to drive. Overall, the report suggests that of the 13 million teen-aged drivers across the country, 23 percent have been behind the wheel while drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs.

This may certainly be a shock to parents of teenagers, as well as the communities where they live. No one wants to have the pain and anguish that comes from a fatal accident caused by drunk driving. 

While law enforcement agencies have a vested interest in public safety, it is also important to realize that their primary duty is upholding the law. Teens with any alcohol in their systems while behind the wheel will be charged with a crime. While they may not face the harsh consequences that adults may deal with, a drunk driving conviction may affect a teens' ability to get into college or obtain certain scholarships.

As such, it is important for parents and teens to have honest and frank conversations about alcohol use and set expectations about driving while under the influence.

Nevertheless, teens are bound to make mistakes. If your child has been charged with a crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.

Source: nbc11news.com, One in four teens admits driving under the influence, May 2, 2013

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