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Illinois' "Use It & Lose It"/Zero Tolerance Law became effective on January 1, 1995. It set the acceptable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for drivers under the age of 21 at .00.

No parent wants to believe that their child can be involved with drugs or alcohol. Yet, every year the number of underage arrests increases. The numbers have gone up so drastically in fact, that Secretary of State now feels it is necessary to suspend driving privileges for those who are caught. Various High Schools in the Southwest area of Lake County top the charts for drug/alcohol related tickets and arrests.

Aside from the loss of driving privileges, possible fines and jail time, other consequences caused by drinking and driving may include high insurance costs, mandatory alcohol evaluation and treatment, court and attorney fees and negative long-term effects on your driving record and job opportunities. Estimated expenses can cost up to $2,000!

At DACC, we can evaluate and treat adolescents that have received a DUI/Alcohol Ticket or other underage possession charge. And as a preventative measure, we also provide a 3 hour course informing your child what they need to know about the risks related to driving and/or possession of drugs and alcohol. Speakers from Insurance companies also provide insight on how their consequences affect insurance rates/premiums.

In the 3 hour Adolescent Driver BeAware® Course, we will cover the following key points to inform and educate our young drivers:

  • Better decision making tools
  • Handle peer influence so kids become leaders not followers
  • Understanding their judgment and how alcohol/drugs affect them and cause poor decisions
  • Provide facts on consequences to their actions.

An Interactive and fun group makes the time fly by. When your adolescent graduates
Driver BeAware® they will leave here with the tools and knowledge on how to keep their driving privileges intact.