Georgia families may be preparing to welcome their children home for the holidays. Colleges and universities across the nation take a break from classes for a few weeks, allowing students the opportunity to return to their roots and visit old friends and loved ones. Many students look forward to catching up and often enjoy a night out with friends they may have been separated from since the beginning of the school year. Families need to be aware that the state has already issued a warning, and people accused of underage DUI could face serious consequences.
Georgia police are on a mission, and they have stepped up efforts to prevent teens from drinking in local establishments. Recently, law enforcement teams have utilized undercover agents in the form of people under the age of 21 to test area businesses' compliance with underage alcohol sales. Though the operation was geared towards businesses, parents and teens need to be aware that if a teen is caught with alcohol the establishment that served it is not the only one facing legal trouble.
Georgia parents may not be aware that what has been advertised as a safer alternative to smoking could land their teen in hot water. The law classifies vapes and the liquids uses inside them as tobacco products, and therefore it is against the law for teens to purchase, possess or use them. Though many people are not aware teen use of vapes is a crime, and law enforcement often looks the other way when a teen who is not causing any trouble has a vape, officials now warn teens can be charged with minor in possession.
Georgia is home to nearly a hundred colleges and universities. A new semester has begun on campuses across the state, and college students are settling in for the fall. Though students and parents can expect to face many trials and tribulations over the course of a school year, like tuition costs, new social situations, and the ever-dreaded term paper, one major concern is constant: underage alcohol use.
Georgia parents and their teens are gearing up for a new school year. Whether they will be attending a local high school or going off to college, parents may worry that their teens will have trouble adjusting to their unfamiliar social environment. The desire to fit in can lead teens to make bad decisions. While most teens probably do not understand the consequences that can come from drinking before they reach legal age, local business owners and law enforcement do, and are on a mission to prevent incidents of intoxication of a minor.
Georgia parents are all too aware of how stressful it is raising teenagers. As young adults, teens are learning to become responsible members of society, but there are many bumps along the road. Teens sometimes do not understand that their actions can have serious consequences, or that one poor choice can potentially affect the rest of their life, and the lives of others. One possible concern for parents with teen drivers is the risks associated with an underage DUI.
Most Georgia parents would likely agree that when their children reach an age where they are old enough to be allowed to get behind the wheel and venture out on their own with friends, parents hope that they will be safe and responsible. It is always frightening for parents when the phone rings, informing them that their teen has been involved in an accident, and things can go from bad to worse when the accident turns out to be an underage DUI that has resulted in fatality. Parents are immediately faced with a grim reality, especially if their child is the one who stands accused of committing a crime that has resulted in the injury or death of another person.
Following high school, students can decide to further their education by entering college. In Georgia, college can provide students with liberties and freedoms associated with living independently that they were not previously exposed to. Young adults could be tempted with the commonality and presence of alcohol, especially when friends and fellow students are partaking in alcohol consumption. Until the students are 21 years old, drinking alcohol is illegal, and a citation for underage drinking can be issued by law enforcement.
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.
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.