Zach Toups 3/26/12 Drinking Age Stays Drivers aged 16 to 20 who are intoxicated while driving are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older. Drinking and driving is dangerous to anyone who chooses to do so. Drinking alcohol also affects ones capability when it comes to any type of work; whether that’s school or a career. A recent study shows that male teens that drink heavily tend to complete fewer years of education compared to males who do not. The drinking age should NOT be lowered from 21 to 18 years of age.
Statistics show that when teens drink deaths on and off the road are a lot higher. Since the drinking age has been raised it has been one of the most studied laws in history (a lower age would be unsafe). Keeping the drinking age at 21 saves lives. Teens drinking just are not a good thing; there are many bad things associate with teen drinking. Many psychological effects and diseases come with teenage
Young Drivers and the law The effectiveness of achieving justice in law reform can be accessed through several issues. One of many important issues that can be achieved in justice and also as well as law reform is through young drivers and the law. Justice can be achieved from many factors within young drivers on the road a few would be night time restriction and the number of passengers carried, speeding and drink driving etc... Our first issue that can be achieved in justice through law reform is young drivers having accidents at night and the number of passengers carried. During night time hours all drivers increase crash risk, but it is inexperience young drivers who are more likely to have greater risk in fatal accidents during the hours of the night. It has shown in statistic, that the highest risk of death for young drivers involved in fatal road crashes occur mostly during night time, particularly near midnight and into the early morning hours and especially during these times on weekends.
Something else that should be done to help solve or help reduce the problem, Parents shouldn't wait until their teens are driving on their own to figure out if they have road rage. They should make them understand that people on the streets will be mad but to not take it personality and to be calm. What can you personally do to make more people aware of this issue and help solve it? I can inform parents and teens of how serious of a problem aggressive driving is. I can help any of my family members or friends who may drive aggressively to drive more calmly.
If teenagers want to start acting like adults, they should be treated as one. Juveniles have to learn from their mistakes and leaving them in the slammer for longer than when they turn 18 would make them learn. Most teens that commit a heinous crime then get released from juvenile hall are more than likely to bounce back to their old ways. It will only get worse. It has been studied before, that older gang members use younger teens to sell drugs and do other gang-related activities for them because they know teens won’t get as big of a punishment as adults.
The drinking age should not be lowered to 18. Lowering the drinking age from 21 years old to 18 years old could lead to an increase in dangerous behavior such as drunken driving and car accidents, risk of developing alcoholism and people under the age of 21 do not fully understand the dangers of alcohol. A teenage driver and alcohol is a dangerous combination. Drinking and driving accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers. “Traffic deaths from drunken driving have fallen steadily, with those involving teenagers 16 to 19 declining by 39.1 percent from 1982 to 1990, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)”.
More then 40% of the deaths are altered or enhanced because of consuming alcohol. (Andrea Nakaya)Suicide among young people with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric problems is more common when they are drinking. Even young people who are usually emotionally stable may become despondent and impulsively suicidal when they are drinking. (Dr. Seddon Savage) Drinking leads to suicide, violence, and homicides, about 2,732 young teens 12 to 20 have died from homicide and 2,196 had died from suicide. Studies
So lowering the drinking age could be another solution to help prevent the number of young adults consuming alcohol. But the only way that this solution would be possible if there was a change in America’s culture, along with responsible and mature behavior from young adults. Changing the drinking age from twenty one to a younger age would be beneficial to young adults that are going into college. This would be beneficial because the consumption of alcohol is a part of college, and most students drink because of the excitement of going against the law. If the legal age was to be lowered, then they wouldn’t get the excitement, and they would eventually get bored of drinking.
Legal Drinking Age Issue In the United States there have been many deaths due to alcohol. If it were not for the lack of education on alcohol abuse, many of the fatal accidents could be prevented. The U. S's biggest problem is Americas underage drinking. In our community's we see many young teenagers that begin to drink alcohol at an age as early as 10 years old.
According to this initiative, “it suggests that the observed declines in drinking, traffic fatalities, and related harms since the minimum legal drinking age of twenty-one years became law are a result of other factors, such as improvements in motor vehicle safety, and not the change in the minimum legal drinking age” (Wechsler and Nelson). These individuals believe that minors will always find ways to get around the twenty-one year old age limit when it comes to alcohol, and since they are not allowed to drink in regulated areas, it leads to a greater risk of them breaking a larger amount of laws and putting their life and other lives in danger. One of the main leaders in the Amethyst Initiative, John McCartle states, “the law has created a dangerous culture full of irresponsible and reckless behavior, encompassed with a nation full of unsupervised binge and extreme drinking” (Clark) amongst minors in the United States today. A group called Choose Responsibility, whose sole aim is lowering the drinking age from twenty one to eighteen years old, also is a supporter of this