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Oregon’s “zero tolerance” underage DUI laws

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2020 | Drunk Driving |

Drinking and driving is illegal at any age, but what happens if you do it when you’re under 21? Oregon has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving. Here’s some information about what that could mean for you:

What is zero tolerance?

Zero tolerance is exactly what it sounds like: no margin of acceptability for underage drinkers. If law enforcement pulls over someone under 21 and they have any amount of alcohol in their system, they will likely be charged. Even if the driver doesn’t feel drunk, they can still suffer the consequences of drinking and driving.

It’s important to note that in Oregon, it is legal for someone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol with their parents or guardians in their home. Still, that doesn’t exempt them from charges of drinking and driving. Even if they had only had one glass of wine at home with their parents, they can still be charged with a DUI.

What happens after an underaged DUI?

The consequences of a DUI depend on the BAC of the driver. The zero tolerance laws apply to underage drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.01% or more. This means that the driver will lose their license for a year, but there’s no fine, jail time or marks on their permanent record.

The higher the BAC, the more consequences the driver may face. It’s possible that an underage driver can be charged with a standard DUI, which could mean fines, jail time and a permanent record.