Scranton Pennsylvania Law Blog

Survey: Many teens don't know it's illegal to drive while high

It's disquieting news. The majority of states have now legalized marijuana for at least some purposes, but the message about driving under the influence of marijuana is not getting out. Driving while high is still illegal in all 50 states. It's also dangerous.

Unfortunately, it appears that some teens -- and some of their parents -- don't know that, according to a recent survey by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual insurance. The survey, which was performed this last April and May, found:

  • 33 percent of 2,800 teens surveyed thought driving while high was legal in states where marijuana is legal for recreational use
  • 27 percent of 1,000 parents surveyed thought that, too
  • 20 percent of the teens and 14 percent of the parents said that driving while high is common among their friends
  • While 88 percent of teens knew that driving drunk is dangerous, only 68 percent knew that driving while high is dangerous

Can unwed fathers gain child custody rights?

You and your girlfriend had a child together, but were never married. Now the relationship is over and you are worried that you are seeing less and less of your child.

You each have your own home and your ex-girlfriend lives with your child. When you tried to discuss co-parenting options, she told you that it was not a possibility. What are your rights as a father, and how can you make sure that you have access to your child?

Do I have to pay child support over the summer?

During the school year, children often live primarily with one parent. However, once summer break starts children may switch households completely, split their time evenly between mom and dad's house or spend extended vacations with one parent.

This change in custody arrangements can lead the parent who is paying child support to question whether they have to pay support over summer break. So, do child support payments continue during summer break? The answer, in short, is yes.