Post # 1
My parents have an annual New Year’s Eve party,and for years the same group of our friends has been coming. Well this year DH and I were at another event, and came to my parent
s around 10. Two of our friends were drinking whisky, which is no problem, theyre 19 (legal age here is 18). BUT it turns out, they were drinking it in the car while my brother was driving them to some fireworks. Of course, open alcohol in the car is illegal, but to make it even worse, my brother is underage! He could have lost his license because these two were too stupid to act like adults!
People my age drive me crazy some times.
Post # 3
I guess I don’t understand why your brother could lose his license? Was he drinking and driving? I wouldn’t think he’s responsible for his adult passengers’ behavior, but maybe I’m wrong.
Post # 5
@Pinkmoon: Not sure where the OP is from, but in the US it is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the car period, but it is also illegal for the driver of the car to transport any alcoholic beverages if they are underage. I’m 20 for another couple of months, so if I were to drive my parents to the liquor store and got pulled over on the way home I could be charged with an underage.
Post # 6
Idiots. I understand your frustration – some of the shit that I knew people were doing when I was in my teens just blew my mind.
At least he wasn’t drinking and driving… he wasn’t being smart, but it could have been worse!
Post # 7
open container law AND the person driving is responsible for the passengers in the car.
i would be pissed too. people are so dumb sometimes
Post # 8
I remember doing that to a friend when I was 15 years old. She picked my friend and me up and we started drinking Schnapps in the backseat. She pulled over immediately and told us we either had to throw the bottle out or GTFO. Was your brother not aware of the drinking until later? If he was aware of it at the time, maybe have a conversation with him about kicking people out of his car the next time they want to pull that crap.
Post # 9
In the US you cannot have an open container of alcohol within reach of the driver. It must be in the very back seat or it must be in the trunk. So, a driver could absolutely lose their license if their passanger was drinking alcohol.
Post # 10
Why didn’t your brother do something about it?
Post # 11
Did your brother know they were drinking? Did he pull over and tell the to get out of the car?
Post # 12
@Tigerlilybride: your bro could have an should have told them to stop or refused to drive until they got rid of it. Had he gotten in trouble he would have no one to blame but himself.
Post # 13
@MrsWBS: +1. Yes his friends are putting him at risk, but he has full control and could have done something about it. Ultimately, it was your brothers responsibility to make sure he doesn’t lose his licence.
Post # 14
Your brother had the car keys. He should have told them to knock it off or walk. Nobody’s fault but his if he’d gotten busted.
Post # 15
@Tigerlilybride: He could have lost his license because these two were too stupid to act like adults!
No he would have lost his licence because he was too stupid to act like an adult. No matter what anyone else was doing, he was making a choice to do something illegal (drive with open alcohol). No doubt the friends were stupid too, but the blame would land soley with him.
This is not an insult to your brother. But you’ve misplaced your frustration, IMO.
Post # 16
No he did not know that they were drinking at the time, he realized later. And he didn
t know that it was illegal. Hes 17, he`s still learning these things!
s not an adult. And like I said, he didnt know that they were drinking or that it is illegal. He`s a good kid and this kind of thing has never come up for him before.