[CR] Week in Review

If you plan on traveling for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, please remember that this weekend kicks off one of the more dangerous periods of the year for drunk driving and alcohol-related traffic crashes. NHTSA’s “100 Days of Summer” campaign focuses on the season beginning with Memorial Day, continuing through the 4th of July, and ending with Labor Day, and is intended to make travelers aware of the dangers of impaired driving. Check out NHTSA’s fact sheet on the “100 Days of Summer” campaign to learn more, and please remember that if you do choose to celebrate these holidays with alcohol, do so responsibly and use a designated driver. To kick off the holiday weekend, here are the latest headlines about [CR] from around the country:

Stories this week:

The Roanoke Times featured a number of different articles to kick off their “Under 21” series this week. Check out Editor Carole Tarrant’s preview, Greg Esposito’s first installment in the series, and the Timeseditorial to get caught up.

Mary Bassett wrote about the drinking age and the issue of personal responsibility in the Orange County Register’s “Orange Grove” section. She believes the drinking age should be lowered to 18, but also that students need to “take responsibility for knowing our personal limitations and accepting consequences.”

Check out Lewis Prest’s letter to the editor in a recent edition of the Erie Times-News, in which he points out one of the major hurdles to open debate about Legal Age 21: the federally-imposed highway funding penalty that’s attached to the minimum legal drinking age.

Can you guess which country’s cabinet recently voted to make the legal drinking age 18? Click here for the answer. Licensing and alcohol education are important, and though we’d prefer that this change included those provisions, we certainly agree with the arguments that this nation’s Attorney General made about the age of majority. (Hat tip to [CR] Twitter follower @dleising for sending us the link. Got a news story we need to hear about? Tweet it to us @CResponsibility!)

In other news…

Jami Brinton of KCRG-TV reported on the continued conversations about binge drinking in Iowa City, and noted that University administrators and local officials are having difficulty finding new solutions to the area’s binge drinking problem.

PolitickerNJ reported Thursday that the New Jersey State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to create a task force examining best practices for curbing underage and binge drinking. The task force will examine a wide range of policies, and it aims to create consistency among New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Check out the details and let us know what you think.

Also from New Jersey: Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini’s medical amnesty bill for underage drinkers who require medical assistance received unanimous support in the General Assembly, and the bill now awaits action in the Senate.

Did we miss something this week? Leave us a link in the comments, and enjoy the weekend.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age needs to be lowered to 18 with an alcohol education program. In addition, I condemn the task force in New Jersey for finding approaches to uphold an ageist drinking age, thus they won’t know how to actually solve alcohol abuse. It’s great that Fiji lowered the drinking age to 18; the age of majority. Every state must have a medical amnesty law to save lives from alcohol abuse even though the bills categorize those aged 18-20 as “underage”. The highway funding penalty needs to be abolished.