Don’t lower drinking age |

Don’t lower drinking age

According to a report on KCRA, a new state campaign aims to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18.

The National Youth Rights Association is behind the new push, and it’s gaining some momentum among students at California State University, Sacramento.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has started its own campaign called “Support 21.”

Health educators at Sacramento State said studies show lowering the drinking age not only increases deadly crashes, but contributes to sexual assaults and violence against young people.

Every day, you see on the news and read in headlines of a deadly major accident involving a teen behind the wheel – and yes, alcohol was involved. I know that adults do the same thing, and that doesn’t make it right. Why push these kids into thinking and feeling that they are adults any sooner? You are only young for a short time, and lowering the legal drinking age is a very bad idea.

If this is passed, are the teenagers and their parents ready to take responsibility for their actions if they get behind the wheel after drinking and have or cause a deadly accident? Don’t let it happen.

Debbie Zeh

Penn Valley

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