Police in New Hampshire are trying to prevent underage DUI arrests from occurring through a unique kind of education campaign. Rather than simply increasing patrols and arresting more teenagers on allegations of underage DUI, they are holding mock drunk driving crash presentations to illuminate the realities and dangers associated with combining alcohol and driving. These mock events can be stirring and emotional for those who witness them.
The most recent mock DUI crash occurred in Merrimack. Some students were teary-eyed and showed signs of discomfort as they watched the simulation of a deadly car accident. Student actors participated in the event, and everything was fake, but the message felt real, emotionally. School faculty watched as well, with the hope that the lessons learned would stick.
One student reported being shocked at the sight of the mock traffic crash and said it was frightening. During the event, a statement was given to students saying that the overarching message was about making the right decisions. Indeed, the consequences of being involved in a drunk driving accident can be severe.
The consequences associated with being charged and convicted of underage DUI can also be severe. Depending on the individual's age, the potential punishments are different. For example, a student accused of DUI might be charged as a minor. Alternatively, if someone is under 21 and charged as an adult, that person may face additional charges relating to underage consumption of alcohol. Nevertheless, those accused of DUI -- regardless of their age and the severity of the allegations -- will have the opportunity to defend themselves against the charges in court. Indeed, many Delaware drivers are accused of DUI inappropriately, and these individuals may be able to find a positive outcome in their case by successfully navigating their criminal defense.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Merrimack students get a sobering lesson about drinking and driving" Kimberly Houghton, Apr. 17, 2014