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What should students know about summer DUIs?

Young people in Virginia and across the country are looking forward to the summer months. Whether it means a long vacation soaking up the sun or taking on a summer job, students on break may also involve alcohol in their activities. As a parent or a student, you should understand the potential complications that drinking during the summer break can entail, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

As FindLaw points out, students are likely to enjoy alcohol after a long, stressful school year. There is nothing wrong with drinking responsibly and taking care to avoid driving intoxicated or getting in a car with a driver who has been drinking. However, as you may know, young people are often influenced by their peers, and their inexperience may lead them to make decisions they might not make when they are older. For example, high school students on summer vacation may spend many weekend nights partying with their friends. College students, whether they are over or under 21, can engage in heavy drinking and binge drinking to keep up socially or to relieve the stress of finals and summer jobs.

It is also important to note that law enforcement is aware of the increase in drinking and driving during the summer months. It is not uncommon to encounter sobriety checkpoints during key holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, as well as to share the road with officers who are watching for drivers exhibiting signs of intoxication. You and others facing DUI charges are entitled to a competent defense. As such, this information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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