NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB TO JOIN SAFETY ADVOCATES IN SUPPORT OF MINIMUM AGE - 21 DRINKING LAW

October 4, 2007

The National Transportation Safety Board, along with Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the American Medical Association, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will hold a joint press conference to highlight the results from studies that found conclusively that the age 21 drinking laws decrease alcohol-related fatalities by 16 percent.

The press conference will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at 10:30 am at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, DC.

The NTSB has a long record of advocating highway safety and has issued hundreds of highway safety recommendations. Seven of those recommendations, which dealt with age 21 laws, were on the agency's Most Wanted List and removed because they were accomplished by the States. The recommendations urged States to close age 21 loopholes, increase enforcement and education, impose sanctions and require zero alcohol tolerance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates nearly 1,000 lives are saved each year because of the Minimum Drinking Age Law (MLDA).

Attending the press conference will be:

Mark V. Rosenker, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

Glynn Birch, President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Dr. Ronald Davis, President, American Medical Association

Adrian Lund, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Jan Withers, MADD National Board, daughter was killed by an underage drinking driver

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

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.