Teen drinking in San Diego, DUI attorneys ask?  ‘Tis the season, say San Diego DUI lawyers.

As teenagers prepare for proms, graduations, vacations, weekends and road trips, and as the school year winds down, teens are looking forward to summer.

May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in America. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also finds the deadliest days of the year for teenagers are in the summer months of May, June, July and August. During these four months, nearly twice as many teens die on the roads each day compared to the rest of the year. National Youth Traffic Safety Month is an important reminder that the only way for this to be a joyous time of year is for it to be a safe one.

A teenager might say: “I know everything,” but parents still play a critical role. If you have a teenager who is now starting to drive, we urge you to take a San Diego Sheriff’s Start Smart class with your son or daughter. Since June 2010, free Start Smart classes have been regularly offered to new drivers and their  parents/guardians so they clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. The class also clarifies the restrictions of a provisional license. Participants also hear from people who have lost loved ones in San Diego DUI / drunk driving or distracted driving crashes.

To learn more about the next Start Smart classes, click here.

Be reminded as well, it is illegal to provide alcohol and host underage drinking parties in San Diego County. A “Social Host” is anyone who knowingly hosts underage drinking parties on property they own, lease or otherwise control. Violators face a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail or both. You can report underage drinking parties anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580‐8477.

If arrested for a San Diego DUI, call the San Diego County DUI Law Center at 1 800 THE LAW DUI.

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