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What Are the Zero Tolerance Laws?

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted zero tolerance laws for minors. These laws outline specific penalties for minors who drink and drive. Anyone under the age of 21 who is caught driving with a measureable amount of alcohol in their system will be charged with a DUI offense. In most states the zero tolerance BAC level is .02 percent and the penalties generally include:

• Driver’s license suspension
• Ordered to perform community service
• Fines ranging from $300 to $1,000
• Jail term ranging from 10 days up to 1 year
• Complete a substance abuse program or alcohol evaluation

Some states require an ignition interlock device to be installed in the vehicle for a second DUI offense. The State of Hawaii requires the parents of a minor under 18 to attend an alcohol abuse educational program.