Q: Irecently heard that a person under 21 can be charged with DUI if they have ANY alcohol in their system when they are driving, not just over the 0.08% limit set for adults. Is this true?
A: Partially true. A person who is under 21 years of age is considered to be driving under the influence when their blood alcohol content is a 0.02% or greater, a very low number compared to the current 0.08% used for adults. There is also a separate section of the vehicle code that makes it an offense
for anyone under the age of 21 years of age to operate a motor vehicle with ANY alcohol in their system (known as Zero Tolerance)- this is considered Minor Transporting, which refers to consuming or physically carrying alcohol in a vehicle. The rules governing persons under 21 drinking and driving are very conservative. The best advice I can give is DON'T do it.