Underage Drinking

Underage drinking in New York State is strongly discouraged, especially when motor vehicles are involved. Drivers under 21 account for less than 10% of licensed drivers, but still cause 14% of DUI related fatalities in the state, according to a survey conducted by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. This disproportionate number of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities can result in harsher penalties for underage drinkers.