The illegal use of alcohol by minors contributes significantly to juvenile deliquency and violence. Motor vehicle crashes kill and injure more young people than any other cause, and alcohol is a factor in about a third of these crashes.
combating underage drinking is a key factor in the ongoing efforts of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to protect youth and society. At the same time, youthful drinking and driving represents a sizeable portion of the traffic safety problem challenging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
OJJDP and NHTSA have collaborated on numerous initiatives to address the serious problem of juvenile alcohol use and to reduce the harmful effects that this unlawful and unhealthy practice can lead to.
we recognize that the development and implementation of effective prevention and intervention programs is crucial to solving this problem. We also know that the enactment of sound laws and their rigorous enforcement through swift criminal justice intervention is critical to success.
the purpose of this publication is to empower criminal justice professionals to take the lead in working with others to plan a coordinated response to alcohol-related delinquency, particularly as it relates to traffic offenses.
we hope that Strategies for Success: Combating Juvenile DUI will assist you in your efforts to make a difference by providing a healthier and safer environment for your community and its youth.