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Zero tolerance laws in Illinois for minors

Drunk driving is dangerous in Illinois as in the rest of the country. Drunk drivers lack the mental faculties and physical coordination to safely operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, many dangerous car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Drunk drivers can be individuals of any age. Despite limitations on individuals drinking alcohol under the age of 21, many still do.

According to the Illinois State Police, 17 percent of alcohol related fatal car accidents involve drivers under the age of 21. Additionally, car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Illinois has adopted a zero tolerance policy for underage individuals. It is absolutely illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with any alcohol in their system. There are exceptions for participating in religious ceremonies and for taking certain medications. However, other than those individuals, people will face stiff penalties for driving with any alcohol in their system as a minor.

Minors in Illinois also face penalties for using or possessing fake IDs and driver licenses in Illinois. They can also face fines for transporting alcohol.

These criminal penalties may deter and punish some underage drinking and driving in Illinois. However, it cannot help individuals who have been hurt in a drunk driving accident. In these cases, victims may have the right to file a personal injury suit. With the help of an attorney, individuals can seek damages for injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident.

These damages can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage that occurred as a result of the accident. Individuals who have been injured in a drunk driving accident should understand their legal rights and consider contacting an attorney to enforce them.

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