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NTSB ACTING CHAIRMAN TO SPEAK AT THE "21 DRINKING AGE LAW" ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF

April 12, 2005

The National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker will speak at a ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the National Uniform 21 Minimum Drinking Age Act on the National Mall, Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:30 a.m. The anniversary commemorates the enactment of the national legislation of the "21 drinking age law."

"The Safety Board remains committed to the fight against underage drinking," said Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker. "Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for those between 16 and 21. We want to ensure that more children reach their 21st birthday."

The Safety Board will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Chrysler Group in celebrating this cooperative effort to save lives.

In 1982, the Safety Board recommended that States raise the minimum legal age for drinking or purchasing alcohol to 21-years-old. The Safety Board recognized that immaturity, inexperience and alcohol could have fatal results. In 1984, the Act was passed and since then nearly 21,000 lives have been saved.

In 1993, six States had comprehensive age 21 laws; 24 States and the District of Columbia now have minimum drinking age laws containing all seven recommended elements; an additional 16 States have six of the seven elements.

* All 50 States and the District of Columbia now prohibit alcohol sale and public possession by persons under age 21.

* 46 States and the District of Columbia now prohibit underage purchase.

* 40 States and the District of Columbia now prohibit the underage attempt to purchase alcohol.

* 35 States and the District of Columbia now bar underage consumption.

* 39 States and the District of Columbia now bar an underage person from misrepresenting his or her age to purchase alcohol.

* 50 States and the District of Columbia now prohibit the use of fraudulent or false identification to purchase alcohol.

NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100
hollowk@ntsb.gov  

 

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