New Jersey Proposes Lowering Legal Drinking Age

Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Criminal Law | 0 comment

A bill filed in the New Jersey General Assembly would lower the legal drinking age to eighteen, under the rationale that if you can vote, buy a home, get married, and serve in the military, then you should be able to purchase and consume alcohol. A recent editorial in the Star-Ledger, in opposition to the bill, argued that lowering the drinking age may increase highway fatalities, due to a possible increase in drunk driving, which is already a problem for drivers under twenty-one. The editorial cited a study from the Center for Disease Control, which revealed that 10% of motorists nationwide were under 21, but accounted for 17% of highway fatalities involving alcohol. There was also concern that lowering the drinking age could affect brain development, as the brain is not fully formed at eighteen.

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