Parents Warned About Teen Drinking and Driving

Law enforcement is keeping a close eye out for drunk drivers this spring break, especially teen drivers who aren't supposed to be drinking in the first place. Adults could be held liable if they let kids drink and someone gets hurt.

Under Texas law, an adult can be held liable for damages if they knowingly allowed their kids’ teenage friends to drink in their home. 

Professor Ted Field with the South Texas College of Law says parents could get slapped with a huge lawsuit if a teen leaves their home drunk and gets in a wreck. 

“It could include lost wages of the person who gets injured, it can include medical bills which can run up very quickly, obviously. It can include non-financial things like pain and suffering.”

And if someone gets killed:

“It again could run into the same sorts of amounts, including surviving family members perhaps bringing a wrongful death action that would encompass losses going far into the future.”

Under Texas law there is no blood alcohol limit for underaged drivers.

A teen driver with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system could be charged with a crime.


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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