NJ group wants drinking age at 21

September 4, 2008 10:48:08 AM PDT
State, law enforcement and nonprofit agencies in New Jersey have formed a coalition to support maintaining the current drinking age. The NJ21 Coalition comes in response to the Amethyst Initiative, a movement calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age to 18. The idea has received support from the presidents of some of the nation's best-known universities.

Attorney General Anne Milgram says there's been a nearly 78 percent decrease in the number of people ages 18 to 20 who've been killed in drunken driving accidents since the drinking age was raised to 21 in the 1980s.

The coalition was organized by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

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