Alcohol is the most commonly used in the United States. It is a that is made from various grapes, grains, and berries. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States. It is a depressant that is made from various grapes, grains, and berries.
21 In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, making the minimum age to buy, possess, or consume alcohol in all fifty states 21 years of age.
It seems like EVERYONE drinks before they are 21, what is the big deal?
Illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol by a minor A Class C Misdemeanor
If minor is age18, drivers license may be suspended for up to 1 year. If minor is under age 18, drivers license may be suspended for up to 60 days.
Class C Misdemeanors may also carry up to $500 in fines AND up to 60 days in JAIL.
Juveniles who are charged with this offense will have to appear in juvenile court and may be placed on probation.
In 1998, Mr. Ricky Carter was driving while intoxicated and ended the lives of four young girls in a tragic and unnecessary accident. Mr. Carter’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was.16, over twice the legal limit in Texas. A jury found him guilty and the court sentenced him to a prison term of twenty years.
How many people are actually drinking and driving on our roads?
During 2004, about 1.4 MILLION drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
16,694 people in the United States died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
Impaired driving is the #1 cause of death for every age group between 3 and 33.
In 2003, 25% of U.S. drivers ages 15 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES IN ALL STATES A higher BAC increases your chances of being involved in single vehicle accidents. A higher BAC increases your chances of being involved in fatal single vehicle accidents.