Whenever someone gets behind the wheel while they are drunk, the consequences can be terrible. For some drivers, however, drunk driving can be especially dangerous, such as those who are under the age of 21. Underage drunk drivers may be especially likely to cause a crash because they are inexperienced with alcohol, or they have not spent very much time on the road and are inexperienced drivers. In some instances, they may be inexperienced in both regards. If you are ever hit by someone who was driving drunk, it is pivotal to stand up for yourself regardless of their age.
Sadly, people who have not reached the age of 21 drive drunk for all sorts of reasons. Some are pressured by their peers, such as friends and classmates who attend the same high school or college. Some young people may not be very familiar with alcohol or its effects on the body, and they may not realize that they are too intoxicated to drive even though some time has passed after drinking. Moreover, young drivers are also subject to zero tolerance laws which prohibit them from operating a motor vehicle with any level of alcohol in their system.
Sadly, the repercussions of driving drunk at a young age can be devastating. Not only do young people who get behind the wheel drunk risk their own safety, but they may cause an accident that claims someone's life or causes serious injuries. Over on our auto accidents page you can read more about the consequences of driving under the influence.