Underage drinking is a problem in Panama Beach, Florida and other Spring Break areas. See Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages – Enforcement and Arrest Made in Panama City Beach, Florida – Orlando Sentinel. In Florida, the drinking age is 21. Anyone under the age of 21 is violating the law if he or she consumes alcohol or provides alcohol to another person under the age of 21. Teenagers have poor safety awareness and judgment when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. Teenagers get into a “party mode” and believe that drinking is harmless fun. This is far from the truth as many teenagers suffer serious personal injuries and some die every year from alcohol related deaths. Driving Under the Influence is a big problem in Florida whether the driver is a teenager or an adult. Alcohol dulls the senses and affects one’s alertness and motor skills. In Panama City Beach, Florida, agents from the the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco patrol the area on the look out for underage drinking violations by teenagers as well as businesses.
Over 900 teens and 20 year olds were arrested between March 11 and March 28 for underage drinking / possession of alcohol in Panama City Beach. Unfortunately, some parents become aware of underage drinking by a child only when there is an injury or arrest. It is important for parents to sit down with their children and have discussions about the dangers of alcohol and what it means to be a responsible teenager or young adult.
If a child has been injured as a result of an alcohol related automobile accident or personal injury, contact a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for consultation, advice, and legal representation.