The police in Illinois work hard to crack down on underage drinking, but this is not something that they do merely to keep these young people from experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. They do it because there is a very real cost to the community that can be linked to underage drinking.
If you think this cost is probably fairly minor, you should know that 2010 actually saw a total cost of $2.9 billion dollars.
Though not every youth in the state was involved, running the numbers out shows that the average cost of underage drinking is $2,276 per person, per year. Breaking that down further shows that every drink that is consumed by an underage individual then costs the community about $3.26.
The most expensive part of the issue is youth violence. It accrued a total cost of $1.89 billion dollars. However, second on that list was the cost of car accidents. Car crashes that were linked to youth drinking cost the state $328.5 million in 2010 alone.
The costs were spread out between a number of different things, from pain and suffering to medical costs to the cost of lost work hours. Still, the grand total shows that alcohol not only causes car accidents for underage drivers, but it puts an incredible amount of financial strain on the entire state of Illinois.
Were you hurt in a car wreck with an underage driver? If so, you may have felt the very real impact of those financial costs, and you need to know what rights you may have to compensation.
Source: Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, "Underage Drinking in Illinois: The Facts" accessed Jan. 22, 2015