Congratulations, Graduates!! Here are some tips to keep you safe.
Entered On: May 22, 2012, 2:38 pm
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department would like to extend sincere congratulations to all graduating classes of 2012. We need our graduates to understand that alcohol-related crashes remain a leading cause of death among teens. We need parents to continue to set clear and realistic expectations regarding underage drinking.
High school graduation is a reason to celebrate, but underage drinking is a serious problem with serious consequences. Alcohol is often a factor in teen automobile crashes, homicides, suicides, and other dangerous behavior.
Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle and you will limit the number of distractions. Make sure there is a clearly identified destination for the drive.
Forbid drinking and driving. Make it clear that one transgression will mean the loss of driving privileges.
Children emulate whom they respect. If you drive at excessive speeds with your 16 year-old in the vehicle, why shouldn’t they? Set an example. Obey the law.
Applicable laws are as follows:
A person under 21 years old who uses false identification to buy or be furnished with alcohol is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor – ARS 4-241 C & E
A person under 21 years old who asks someone else to purchase, sell or furnish them with alcohol is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor – ARS 4-241 D
If you are under 21 years of age and are in possession of an alcoholic substance, you can be arrested and charged with a class 1 misdemeanor. If you are under 21 years of age, it is against the law to drive or be in control of a motor vehicle while there is any spirituous liquor in your body – ARS 4-244.33 & 4-244.40
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