Discussing the Penalties for DWI/DUI with your Teen

Before a teen is allowed to drive, outline the severe legal and financial  consequences for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).

These include the embarrassment of being arrested; revocation of driver’s license and consequently, the loss of driving privileges; a criminal record; financial penalties – such as attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates, impound fees for towing and storage – and possibly car repairs after a crash. A jail sentence or community service may also be a reality. Insurance companies can revoke auto insurance after a DWI or DUI and the family has to buy “high risk” coverage at 2-3 times the cost of regular insurance.

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