Are you a teen driver in Orange County? Or, are you the parent of a teen
driver? Either way, you want to be informed about California’s underage
drinking and driving laws, particularly California’s “Zero
Tolerance Law,” which applies to all drivers
under the age of 21.
What is the Zero Tolerance Law and how does it apply to teen drivers? For
starters, teen drivers are in a special class of drivers called “Provisional
Teens, who hold this special type of driver’s license in California
already have to follow certain “stipulations” or provisions
that determine who can be their passengers, and the times of day that
they can drive on the public roads.
There is another provision or law that applies to young drivers under the
age of 21 – it’s called the Zero Tolerance Law. Under this
law, it’s against the law for people under the age of 21 to operate
a motor vehicle with a
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01% or more.
Violating the Zero Tolerance Law
A teen driver’s BAC is measured by a breath test given to him or
her by a police officer. Under California’s Zero Tolerance law,
if you’re caught driving with any measurable alcohol in your body,
your license will be suspended for one year if:
- Your BAC registers .01% or higher,
- You refuse to take the roadside breath test, called the preliminary alcohol
screening (PAS) test, or
- For some reason, you do not complete the PAS test. For example, you pass out.
What Exactly is BAC?
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) refers to the alcohol concentration or
level in your blood. At .01% BAC, you are considered an impaired driver
for legal purposes if you are under the age of 21.
For drivers 21 and older, the legal BAC limit is .08% or more; however,
drivers 21 and older can still be arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) if their BAC is below .08%, especially if the state can show that
the driver was impaired by alcohol.
Are you, or your teenager facing underage DUI charges in Orange County?
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to speak with the