Teenagers are statistically more apt to being involved in a car accident. In fact, they are even more at risk when there are other teenagers in the vehicle. Recently, a New Jersey was charged with drunk driving after a car accident that left others injured.
The teen is charged because of an accident that happened after midnight on a July night a year ago. The 18-year-old lost control and his vehicle left the road, slid across a median, hit a guard rail and then turned over. Three passengers in the car where injured, one seriously. A 15-year-old boy sustained a traumatic brain injury from the crash.
The charges stem from alcohol being involved. The driver admitted to having six beers and was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .11 percent, over the legal limit of .08 percent. The driver was charged with drunk driving and also three counts of assault with an automobile; however two of the assault charges were dropped.
The driver in this case received a sentence of probation and community service from his drunk driving conviction. He also lost his license. In cases where a New Jersey teenage driver is facing drunk driving charges related to a crash, having no prior offenses may help lessen the criminal consequences in those circumstances where a conviction is ultimately secured. Concurrently, if a driver -- teenager or otherwise -- has past drunk driving convictions on their record, the possible sentences can include higher fines, jail time, longer probation and an additional time period without a driver's license.
Source: nj.com, "Teen pleads guilty in drunk-driving accident that left passenger with brain injury," Ben Horowitz, July 22, 2013