Child Endangerment and DWI

While it is important for all adults to consume alcohol in a responsible manner and make sure they have a designated driver if they are intoxicated, it is essential to make sure that you do not put a child’s life in danger by operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a person is apprehended on suspicion of DWI with a minor in the vehicle, the driver may face additional criminal charges for putting the child in danger.

Parents who knowingly place their children in harm’s way by driving a vehicle under the influence may face incarceration, fines, probation, loss of driving privileges, and other punishments if convicted. If you have been wrongly charged with DUI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case.

Child Endangerment Statistics

Statistics show a harrowing picture of parents who drive under the influence with children in the car:

  • 21% of the 1,946 child traffic fatalities in 2006 were caused by intoxicated drivers.
  • Of the 414 passengers aged 14 and under who were killed in alcohol related crashes, nearly half of them were riding in a vehicle with a parent who was under the influence of alcohol.
  • Nearly half of all children who were struck by vehicles as pedestrians or cyclists were injured by drunk drivers.

Although it is important for individuals to consider their own personal safety when consuming alcohol, it is critical to think of others as well. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may cause serious injury to passengers in the vehicle as well as people who may be on the road as pedestrians or bicyclists.

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For more information on DWI charges and your legal options, contact Dallas DWI attorney Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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