Underage Drinking and Driving

Have you been accused of Illegal Transportation or drinking and driving?

Illegal Transportation
No driver or passenger may transport, carry, possess or have any alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle except in the original sealed container. However, chartered buses (when the vehicle is not being used for school purposes), motor homes and limousines are exempt from this rule when alcohol is kept in the passenger area only.
A person convicted of illegal transportation may be fined up to $500 and, as a driver, a point-assigned violation will be entered on the driving record and require to obtain sr22 car insurance. A second or subsequent conviction for a driver within a one-year period results in a one-year suspension or revocation of driving privileges.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 states currently prohibit open containers of alcohol in motor vehicles (“Open Bottle Law”), and 40 states have laws prohibiting alcohol consumption in vehicles. The scope and effectiveness of these laws vary widely.
The illegal transportation law is an important deterrent in combating drunk drivers. A total of 12,953 Illinois drivers were convicted of illegal transportation in 1991; 25 percent (3,287) of those drivers were under age 21 on the date of arrest.
Illegal Transportation Convictions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 1990 more than 43 percent of all deaths for those age 16 to 20 years old resulted from motor vehicle crashes. Approximately 48 percent of these (3,361) were alcohol- related crashes.
Impaired drivers under age 21 face severe DUI penalties. A first offender’s driving privileges can be revoked for two years. In addition, the offender will face up to a $1,000 fine and possible imprisonment up to one year. The driver will not be eligible to apply for a restricted driving permit (RDP) until the second year of revocation. From 1986 to 1991, DUI arrests decreased 33 percent for drivers under age 21, indicating the law’s deterrent effect. The distribution of color-coded drivers licenses and identification cards that clearly identify drivers under age 21 also has contributed to this decline. Get sr22 car insurance today!
Dram Shop Responsibility
It is unlawful to sell, give or deliver alcohol to a minor, intoxicated person or person known to be under legal disability or in need of mental treatment. If a crash occurs as a result of alcohol being supplied to a person in one of these categories, the person or owner of the establishment that supplied the alcohol may be held liable. The liability will be limited to $30,000 for accidents involving property damage or personal injury. If a loss of means of support due to death or injury occurs, liability extends up to $40,000.

Voluntary Server Training and SR22 Car Insurance Form

Information is provided to the servers and sellers of alcoholic beverages on the effects of alcohol/drug use and the necessary skill development techniques to avoid problems of patron misuse. This is provided through the BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) program statewide. Records of all participants who successfully complete BASSET training are maintained for a minimum of one year.

Parental Responsibility
It is a petty offense to knowingly allow gatherings of two or more persons at a residence when the persons are under age 18 and are drinking. Maximum penalty of a $500 fine is possible.

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