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Michigan students target adults who serve alcohol to minors

Biting the hand that feeds you is literally what some Michigan high school students are doing. These students have taken a stand to say no to adults who promote underage drinking by supplying the alcohol for this criminal offense.

According to research, the months of April, May and June are the times when one third of all alcohol related car accidents occur. However, some Michigan high school students are not just sitting by and waiting for this to happen. They have taken a stand in hopes of minimizing this trend. Michigan high school students are partnering with vendors who serve alcohol to promote Project Sticker Shock in order to raise awareness and change attitudes. Stickers are placed on alcohol packages and posters are hung around the community to discourage alcohol distribution to underage youth. The troubling fact is that 43 percent of the youths surveyed indicated that they obtained their alcohol from someone over 21. The students are hoping that Project Sticker Shock will change this troubling phenomenon.

The consequences of underage drinking can be severe, especially if that person decides to drink and drive. Notwithstanding the bodily injuries and property damages that are imminent in such a situation, there are also serious legal consequences to consider. Michigan has a Zero Tolerance law for persons under the age of 21 who are caught driving with alcohol in their system. A person under the age of 21 can be charged with underage DUI if that person was driving with any amount of alcohol in their system. It is not necessary to be legally drunk in order to be charged with underage DUI.

The best policy is not to drink and drive but if someone has been charged with underage DUI, the best policy in that case is to consult a legal professional for information about one's legal rights. Underage drinking and underage driving under the influence are both criminal offenses that can have grave consequences.

Source: News Channel 3, "Local high school students 'stick it' to underage drinking," April 14, 2013

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