It's prom and graduation season. And historically, that is a time when authorities are especially on the lookout for underage drinking.
Underage Drinking Archives
When it comes to imparting parental wisdom to our teenage children, many Virginia parents find it difficult to know where to begin. We spend so much of our time as parents guiding and redirecting our kids toward positive behaviors that it can feel as if they are not as receptive to our direction as they near adulthood. However, when the topic is underage drinking and driving, the subject matter is too important to let any opportunity for discussion slip by.
Underage drinking is a serious concern for Virginia parents, lawmakers and law enforcement. One of the aspects of underage drinking that does not get enough attention is fake IDs. While teenagers may feel like they are invisible purchasing alcohol with a fake ID, they may not realize that the consequences may be even greater if they make a mistake. If teenagers decide to get behind the wheel after drinking, then they may face being charged with DUI, which can have even greater consequences when a fake ID is used to purchase alcohol.
Virginia residents younger than 21 years of age need to beware; new reports recently released shine a light on law enforcement's awareness that it's easy for underage individuals to purchase alcohol, and they mean to end it.
For high school age teenagers in Virginia, prom and graduation season rank among the times in their lives when they will have fun, be noticed and, for many, try to get away with underage drinking. It's no secret that many post-prom and graduation parties will consist of a neatly hidden stash of alcohol to celebrate the season, but what may not be as commonly known is that many parents provide the alcohol for their underage teenagers.
Two years ago Anna Stuckey attended a party in Richmond with two friends and coworkers from the Navy base at Norfolk. After stopping for gas, Stuckey ended up on a back road in Stonehouse where she missed a curve in the road and slammed into a tree. The impact killed one passenger, who suffered a broken neck in the crash.
The pressure of high school is immense. There is a lot of pressure for kids to perform well academically, athletically and maintain an active social life. Many kids are influenced by their peers and by what they perceive to be popular amongst the greater high school population throughout the country.
Teen drivers face enough challenges on the road without considering outside factors that may have a negative impact on the ability to perform behind the wheel. Inexperience, distraction, and even nervousness can contribute to teenage driving error. When these components are combined with underage drinking, the results can be catastrophic. A number of people believe that underage consumption of alcohol is a relatively minor concern -- but a recent Warwick news report confirms that those who downplay the issue should think again.