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Prom season increases risk of teens driving drunk

Teenagers have their entire lives ahead of them. Unfortunately, many bright futures are snuffed out in New Jersey in devastating car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in New Jersey and across the rest of the country. There are a variety of explanations for this phenomenon, but one of the most salient statistics in examining this tragedy is that about 1 in 3 accidents that proves fatal for a teenager involves alcohol.

Getting behind the wheel after drinking can be met with devastating ends. Being charged with driving under the influence in New Jersey can have serious consequences for any driver, but the stakes are higher when a teenager is arrested for drunk driving.

This message is a critical reminder during this time of year as prom season approaches. High school students all across New Jersey are excited to purchase their dance attire, eat at a fancy restaurant and be transported in a limo. Many teenagers, unfortunately, have intentions of drinking. This is not only illegal, but doing so and then getting behind the wheel it is deadly.

In roughly the last 20 years, the rate of teens driving drunk has decreased a significant amount. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in the fall detailing a drop of 54 percent. However, compared to other states, New Jersey does have an elevated level of this dangerous phenomenon.

It is important for parents to warn teens of the criminal consequences of this action. Arguably more important, however, is warning them of the dire toll this action takes on their peers every year. If a teen does find themselves in legal trouble due to drinking and driving, there are options. If a teen kills their friend, there is no bringing back their friend.

Source: USA Today, "Temptation high for drunk driving in prom, grad season," Jessica Bliss, April 4, 2013

  • Our firm has experience assisting good teens in New Jersey that made bad decisions. For more information related to that detailed above, please refer to our page on first offense-DUI charges.

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