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“Age 21 drinking laws are effective in preventing deaths and injuries...Repealing them is a terrible idea. It would be a national tragedy to turn back the clock and jeopardize the lives of more teens.”
—National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker


As President of the University of Rhode Island for the past 17 years, I have had all too many first-hand experiences with the sometimes tragic consequences of underage  drinking. Thorough and thoughtful research on the impact of the minimum legal drinking age law has unequivocally concluded that this legislation has substantially reduced the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities, the leading cause of death among college students. Much remains to be done to further reduce the toll that underage drinking takes on individuals, families, and our society. Repeal of the minimum legal drinking age would constitute a step backward in this important work."
University of Rhode Island President Robert Carothers


"Since the drinking age was raised to 21 in New Jersey in the 1980s, we have seen nearly a 78 percent decrease in the number of young people ages 18 to 20 who have been killed in drunk driving crashes.  These numbers alone tell us without any doubt, the drinking age must be maintained."
—New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram  


"Signing this initiative does serious harm to the education and enforcement efforts on our campuses and ultimately endangers young lives even more." —University of Miami President Donna Shalala


"I've seen no scientific evidence that supports the contention that lowering the legal drinking age would reduce binge-drinking or lessen other alcohol-related problems on our college campuses or in society at large."
University of North Carolina President, Erskine Bowles


"Lowering the minimum drinking age to 18 is both misguided and dangerous...The worst thing any police officer has to do is knock on a door in the dead of night to tell parents that their child will not be coming home because he or she is a victim of impaired driving.  Lowering the national drinking age would inevitably lead to more tragedies for more families."

International Association of Chiefs of Police President Ronald Ruecker, Director of Public Safety, Sherwood, Oregon


“Drunk driving needlessly kills thousands of young people every year. That’s why I wrote a law to create a national drinking age of 21 and why we fight so hard to reduce drunk driving and save lives on our roads. This small minority of college administrators wants to undo years of success – that defies common sense. We need to do all we can to protect the national drinking age – a law that saves the lives of drivers, passengers and pedestrians across the country each year.”
U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ)


"Both research and the hands-on experience of state highway safety agencies indicate that this law has saved countless lives. Underage drinking remains a serious problem that needs to be addressed, but lowering the drinking age would be a gigantic step backward."  
—Governor’s Highway Safety Association Chairman, Christopher J. Murphy



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