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Parents tend to underestimate how much teens drink, take drugs and drive under the influence; so parents don't recognize the warning signs to prevent teens from doing these dangerous things. The truth is, many teens use alcohol and commit DUIs. Eight teens die EVERY DAY in DUI crashes.

In 2005, 7,420 teens died or were injured in DUI crashes. Teen fatalities make up one-fifth of all alcohol-related crashes, though licensed teens make up only about 6% of the overall licensed population.

If a teen survives his or her first DUI, but is arrested, the financial cost is staggering. Here' s the breakdown, but keep in mind that this is just the bare minimum. This list doesn' t include costs if someone is killed – or the guilt your teen will live with for the rest of his or her life.

Cost of annual auto insurance increase over 13 years$40,000
DUI Classes$650
Towing and storage fee ($137 a day)$685 (at least 5 days)
Attorney Fees$1,200
DMV reinstatement fee$125
Estimated minimum total cost$44,124

Let' s not forget that teens will lose their license for one year and they' ll be on probation for up to 3 years. They will have to find their way to all of the DUI classes and court dates for the next several months following your DUI arrest. But we can work together to help prevent teen DUIs.

Please review the Real DUI Court in Schools promotional video. After you review this powerful video, ask yourself if this program can benefit the youth in your community. If you would like more information on how to bring the DUI Court in Schools Program into your school or community, please contact Cynthia Passon, Senior Management Analyst.

Solano County Seal She can be reached at:
Superior Court of Solano County
600 Union Ave.
Fairfield, CA 94533