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Car Accident in Braintree Lands Underage Driver in Handcuffs

A 20-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving accident in Braintree and a number of other crimes after another vehicle on Route 93 was hit by piece of the drunk driver’s shredded tire.

When the man was pulled over and apprehended, officers located an open bottle of alcohol in the underage man’s glove box. He was charged with being underage and transporting alcohol, driving under the influence, driving with an open container and resisting arrest. It all happened as he was driving down Route 93 during the earning morning and his front right tire shredded into pieces. Some of the tire flew back and hit the vehicle of a 22-year-old driver. Braintree police said that the driver pulled over and called local officers to report the intoxicated driver, according to the Braintree Patch.
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“Officers David Jordan and Paul Hamilton arrived and made observations of Bambery [the intoxicated driver] causing them to suspect that he was intoxicated,” said witnesses.

Our Braintree accident attorneys have been talking recently about the risks that young drivers face on our roadways during the summer. During this time, high school and college students are released from school and hit our roadways for a much-needed break from classes. Unfortunately, this is also a time when these drivers are involved in an overwhelming number of alcohol-related auto accidents. These drivers may not be old enough to purchase or to legally consume alcohol, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not going to. Underage drinking is a problem across the country and needs to be addressed to help to make our roadways safe for everyone.

According to Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD), more than quarter of individuals between the ages of 12- and 20-years-old admits to consuming alcohol. More than 17 percent of this young age group admits to binge drinking at least once in the last 30 days.

Alcohol consumption is alarmingly common among teens today. About 75 percent of these kids say that they’ve consumed alcohol at least once by the end of their high school career. Nearly 40 percent even admitted to doing so by the end of their 8th grade year.

It could even be happening in your own home. In 2008, more than 30 percent of underage drinkers say that they got their hands on and consumed the alcohol in their own home. About 56 percent said that they did this at someone else’s home.

As we head though the summer season, parents are urged to talk with the young driver in their family about the risks that are associated with unsafe driving habits, but especially with impaired driving. Talking with young drivers about the consequences of these poor habits will help keep them safe on our roadways. Education and awareness is the key in helping to reduce the risks of accidents. Have a safe summer and be responsible behind the wheel!

The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC is here to offer help to victims of drunk-driving accidents in Boston or elsewhere throughout the state. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, call 1-888-367-2900 to schedule a free appointment to discuss your rights.

Additional Resources:

Underage Braintree Man Allegedly Drives Drunk, Resists Arrest, by Joseph Markman, Braintree Patch
More Blog Entries:

Parents Warned of Teen Drunk Driving Accidents in Boston during Summer Break, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Blog, May 10, 2012