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Would you pass the test when it comes to open container laws?

Socializing is a large part of the college experience here in Georgia and around the country. As such, many of the gatherings for college students tend to include alcohol. Violating the state's open container laws could jeopardize your college career and your future.

Alcohol and your teenager's future just don't mix

Teenagers here in Atlanta and across the country will attend parties with their friends this summer. Unless you host the party yourself, you have no guarantee that alcohol will not be available at the parties that your teen attends. If a teenager ends up somehow crossing paths with law enforcement and is accused of an alcohol-related crime, it could jeopardize his or her future.

Alcohol use can cause major problems for college students

Like other college students here in Georgia, you may be away from home for the first time. You want to make the most of your college experience, and that often means attending parties. Perhaps you attended a party where you drank too much alcohol and ended up under arrest.

Impairment and open container laws in Georgia

Many traffic stops often include more than just a suspicion of being impaired. An officer may cite a driver for speeding, weaving or even reckless driving, depending on the circumstances. Any of these driving behaviors could provide further evidence of an impaired driver. Furthermore, if a driver is also accused of violating the state's open container laws, the situation could become more complicated.

A look at underage DUI in Georgia

Congress passed the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act back in 1984. The law established the legal drinking age at 21, and if states, including Georgia, wanted to continue to receive federal monies for road construction projects, they had to set their legal minimum age to drink at 21. Along with the implementation of the lawful drinking age, Georgia and other states enacted laws to deal with underage DUI.

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