Some towns like Mackinac Island do not allow people to drive. When the main concern that drove the federal government to pass the 21 requirement was drinking and driving why not make an exception for localities that prohibit driving? You can't have a drunk driving accident if you don't have any cars.
States should be allowed to offer local options to lower the drinking age to 18 for towns that prohibit driving. We allow our 18 year old to fight in the military so why should they be denied anything such as being able to drink if they want to. I do not think there is a big difference in allowing three more years for them to be 21 to drink.
While they say there is evidence that the brain is still maturing by the age of 18. That the age of 25 is more the age it should be to legally drink because your brain is most likely done developing at that point. People are always going to do what they want and it should be the people who live in those individual communities to decide how they want to live their lives. People can always move if they do not like it or fight to show their neighbors a better way.
It does not make sense that the age of majority is 18 but the legal drinking age is 21. Although lawmakers have traffic safety in mind, this problem can be solved if drinkers can prove that they will nor be driving. It does not make sense that someone who can die serving their country in the military cannot legally drink.
A person under 21 could drink on the island and then leave and go drive.
Mackinac has a year-around population of about 492. Mackinac gets up to 15,000 visitors per day during the summer. There are overnight accommodations for less than 5,000. Most are day-visitors. Most drive to Mackinac City or St. Ignace in the lower Peninsula of Michigan and take a ferry to Mackinac Island.
The road encircling the island and closely hugging the shoreline is M-185, the United States' only state highway without motorized vehicles.
Many people stay in Mackinac City and take the ferry everyday. So the 18 year old would drink on the Island and drive in Mackinac city.
Mackinac and a couple other islands in Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, etc. Are the only places in America where cars are banned.
List of car-free places
Why would your proffer such a question?
Not drinking until you are 21 is not that important in life.
The passage of Minimum Legal Drinking Age 21 (MLDA 21) laws has been one of the most successful traffic safety countermeasures implemented over the past 30 years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 900 lives are saved every year due to these laws, with a total of more than 25,000 lives since 1975.
A higher MLDA results in fewer alcohol-related problems among youth, and the 21-year-old MLDA saves the lives of well over 1,000 youth each year (Jones et al, 1992; NHTSA, 1989). Conversely, when the MLDA is lowered, motor vehicle crashes and deaths among youth increase. At least 50 studies have evaluated this correlation (Wagenaar, 1993).
Underage youth and youth ages 18-21 who drink are usually more likely to become victims of date rape, sexual abuse, violence, traffic accidents, impaired driving and alcohol poisoning due to the fact that they, experiment with drugs and alcohol and drink more than they can handle.
Alcohol use by teens in the USA is a huge problem.
FACTS ABOUT GIRLS AND ALCOHOL:
• Approximately one-third of all girls have their first alcoholic drink (more than a few sips)
before entering high school.
Girls are starting to drink at younger ages than ever before:
In the 1960’s, only 7 percent of girls reported having their first drink between the ages of
10 and 14; today, nearly one-quarter of all girls report beginning to drink alcohol before
This is especially troubling since those who initiate alcohol use early in life are at
increased risk of becoming problem drinkers.
• Nearly half of high school girls drink alcohol and more than 1 in 4 binge drink (consume
five or more drinks on the same occasion).
Nearly 1 in 5 (18 percent) of 8th grade girls drink alcohol and more than 1 in 10 binge drink.
Lowering the drinking age anywhere in the USA is a bad idea.
It's not the driving problem that's the problem, it's the kids getting sick. Their body can't handle the toxic. That's why the drinking age is 21 in the first place. The government is trying to protect us from ourselves, so they make these laws. They aren't there just for one reasons they are many other reasons why they make laws.
Even if towns prohibit driving, states shouldn't be allowed to offer local jurisdictions the option of lowering the drinking age to 18 years-old. Doing so poses far too many risks, and simply telling people they can't drink and drive won't deter them. People are still going to hop in cars and drive.
States should not be allowed to lower the drinking age in towns that prohibit driving. The reason is that I can't fathom a town prohibiting driving whatsoever. How would people get around? How to residents of the town without driving get to work or go to school? States shouldn't lower the drinking age at all because sometimes 18-year-olds simply aren't mature enough to know when to stop. When teens can't stop drinking, they endanger their health regardless of whether or not they drive.