SD: Lawmaker Considers Alternatives to 21

Via the Mitchell Daily Republic in South Dakota, Associated Press reporter Chet Brokaw wrote today that a local lawmaker is considering alternatives to Legal Age 21. Tim Rounds offered a simple rationale for his desire to explore a fresh approach to binge drinking: “You’ve got 19-year-old kids who are going out to house parties, who are going out in the countryside and drinking…maybe it’s time to look at the fact prohibition isn’t working.” Rounds’ proposal would allow 18-20 year olds to drink in controlled, licensed establishments. What do you think? Leave your feedback in the comments.

4 Responses to “SD: Lawmaker Considers Alternatives to 21”

  1. Robert Says:

    Allowing 18 year olds to drink is the way forward. Stopping college kids from drinking is never going to happen. We need to be sensible about this and educate them in high school to be resposible with alcohol. When they go to college it won’t be as big a deal. Strengthen the drunk driving laws and educate, educate, educate.
    As for the people that say that if 18 years can drink that will mean that young people as young as 14 will start drinking, I say there is absolutely no evidence to back that up. The number of kids below the age of 18 that drink has bascically stayed the same since the MLDA.

  2. Kyle from Iowa Says:

    When I was in high school and going to house parties there was always much more than alcohol present. Since I have gotten older and started going to bars I have had much less exposure to illegal drugs and prescription drug abuse. This is just one of the many reasons that we need to look at alternatives to 21.

  3. Edwin Says:

    18, 19, and 20 year olds are adults, thus the drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Tim Rounds’ solution is not fully correct because if the drinking age is lowered to 18, then the 18-20 age group must also be allowed to drink in private. Using the term “underage” drinking on those aged 18-20 is nonsense. Although Tim Rounds’ statement is somewhat correct, his statement is ageist because there’s no such thing as 19-year old “kids”; there are only 19 year old women and men.

  4. Corey Says:

    Why not south dakota reconsider the decision it once sought by asking the US supreme court to grant certerori and reconsider this law again. They can claim it has failed the reasonable relations test. Justice Sandra O’Conner’s dissent states “ [E]stablishment of a minimum drinking age of 21 is not sufficiently related to interstate highway construction to justify so conditioning funds appropriated for that purpose. ” That means the 21 drinking age has absolutely no connection to drunk driving. I’m confident the supreme court will reverse it’s earlier judgement and realize congress failed the reasonable relations test. It’s that easy! If MADD wishes to convince the justices to uphold the 21 drink age law, then they will need to prove it is reasonably related to solving drunk driving. I’m afraid there will be no compromises in this one. Also, the “Bill of Federalism will eliminate condition spending when it restricts the
    liberties of the people. That means no more national speed limit nor national BAC .08! 2010 will be the climax for MADD’s mission of vengence and revenue! And they will decline!