An intoxicated teenage driver with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit caused an accident in Burleson, Texas, which resulted in numerous injuries and left five people dead. Six lawsuits have been filed as a result of the incident. The teen was also prosecuted as a juvenile and sentenced to 10 years probation.
Unfortunately, the practical reality of the matter is that the drunken teenage driver who devastated five families will likely not pay one dime in damages out of his own pocket and will never spend a day in jail. Insurance will pay any damages that are recovered by the victims and the balance can be discharged in bankruptcy. Furthermore, the teen driver’s juvenile record will be sealed and he will turned loose on an unsuspecting society. All too often, juvenile drunken drivers show up in the system later as adult drunken drivers.
The punishment rendered to juveniles is often insufficient to deter future behavior and the bad conduct repeats itself. A strong argument can be made that that if a teen is old enough to operate a motor vehicle on the public roadway then they are old enough to be prosecuted as an adult.
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