People in Michigan, and around the country, hear about stories of drinking and driving all the time, but many people feel like it can’t happen to them, especially not in their town. But the truth is this can happen anywhere, to anyone. With police actively on the lookout for suspected violators and with state legislature enforcing tougher penalties for drunk drivers, charges against accused persons may put them in difficult situations.
This may be particularly true for people under the age of 21 who are considered to be the most susceptible to underage drinking charges, especially with the state’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, which makes it a crime for anyone under the age of 21 to have any amount of alcohol in their system at anytime.
A case out of Washington demonstrates this quite well even though it takes place in another state. A 14-year-old girl was charged with driving under the influence and several other charges after she lost control of the minivan she was driving, causing it to roll over onto its roof.
According to police reports, the crash happened just before 4 am earlier this month. The 14-year-old, who had allegedly been drinking, was driving the van along with her 15-year-old friend and a 51-year-old man. According to news reports, no one in the vehicle had a valid drivers’ license.
The 14-year-old now could face DUI charges along with charges of minor possession and not having a valid operator’s license. This could carry consequences with her for the rest of her life.
Source: Koinlocal6.com, “14-year-old crashes minivan, facing DUI,” Brian Pryor, Sept. 30, 2012