May is a time for proms and graduations. Teens want to celebrate after working hard all year, but this can be a dangerous time if they aren’t careful.
Peer pressure can factor in when making decisions such as whether to drink and drive. Baltimore County Police hope teens will make the right decision not to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Teenage drinking is illegal.
Anyone under 21 who purchases or possesses alcohol can be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.
Anyone under the age of 21 caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - alcohol in the system - risks losing the right to drive for up to one year. For a second offense, the suspension is increased to two years.
A DUI has other negative effects. There are lawyer’s fees if the teen goes to court; the cost of the DUI ticket; and the potential for a dramatic rise in the cost of insurance or loss of insurance. A DUI can also affect future college plans.
Parents risk a fine and/or jail time if they provide alcohol to minors.
The Baltimore County Police Department wants teens to enjoy this special time while acting responsibly.