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Baltimore County High School Discusses the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Overlea High School Drives Home Dangers of Teen Drinking and Driving

Baltimore County, Md. (April 26, 2012) – This Friday, April 27, at 9:15 a.m., Baltimore County Police, local school officials and MADD will send an important message to teens and their parents about taking responsibility for their actions during prom and graduation season.

If you have been charged with drinking and driving in Baltimore County, Maryland, contact the Baltimore County DUI-DWI defense attorney, G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at 410-288-2900.

The officials at Overlea High School are taking a visual and factual approach to the dangers associated with drinking and driving. A car that was involved in a crash is on display in front of the school. The wreck reminds everyone of the consequences of drinking and driving. On Friday, an assembly for juniors and seniors will present guest speaker Debbie Hardy of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). One of Hardy’s daughters was killed by a drunk driver. There will be an exercise using fatal vision goggles. This gives the wearer an idea of the distorted views that a driver experiences after one or two drinks.

Here are some facts on teen drinking and driving.

  • Alcohol related crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15-20 years of age.
  • Nearly 1,900 people under 21 die every year from crashes involving underage drinking.
  • Sixteen to 20 year olds who drink and drive are two times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than someone over 21.

Fines and Penalties

If someone under 21 is caught purchasing or possessing alcohol, he or she will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for the second offense. If parents provide alcohol to minors they also risk a fine and/or jail time. However, the law allows parents to provide a drink to their own child within the confines of the home without risk of being fined.

Anyone under the age of 21 caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI), that is, with alcohol in the system, risks losing the right to drive for up to one year. A second offense increases the penalty to two years.

There are other things to consider as well. There are the legal fees when the teen goes to court, the cost of the DUI ticket, and the young driver could either see a dramatic rise in the cost of insurance or lose coverage altogether.

Don’t drink and drive.

Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC

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Dundalk, Maryland 21222

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