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Annapolis court gives high schoolers lesson on drunk driving

Many Baltimore parents know that high school students like to experiment with new things. Being in high school is not easy on everyone, and many try drugs or alcohol in an effort to fit in with the popular crowd. And as prom season approaches, the likelihood of students drinking may be even greater.

In an effort to curb student drinking and promote safe behavior, 60 high school students spent much of yesterday in an Annapolis courtroom learning about the consequences of drunk driving and other crimes. They watched some offenders receive sentences and listened to stories from a judge as well as people who have been convicted of drunk driving.

During the Schools in the Court session, the students also learned the costs of drunk driving. An attorney explained that a DUI conviction can result in fines, fees and other costs amounting to as much as $8,000.

According to quotes from the Capital Gazette, several students found the learning session beneficial. One said he knew now what not to do.

It's fortunate that Maryland sponsors programs like this for students who may be beginning to experiment with alcohol. However, even with encouragement to avoid drinking and driving, many students don't know their tolerance levels. They may think they are sober enough to drive but end up getting pulled over for DUI.

Knowing the consequences of a DUI conviction -- which include expensive fines, license revocation and a bad mark on a student's record -- no parent would wish the situation on their child. However, if your child is facing a drunk driving charge, it is important to know that there are ways to defend against them. Not everyone charged with a crime is guilty.

Source: Capital Gazette, "60 Meade students head to court for lessons on life," Tim Pratt, April 12, 2013

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