Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Raising the drinking age proposed.

Mitch touched on this article the other day challenging the implied consent provision of the current DUI law. It's total disrespect for due process has always been a concern of mine. I thought 'What more could they possible come up with', and then I found this:
The traditional power hour most new 21-year-olds celebrate could soon come to an end.

A new bill (HF 1226) introduced in the Minnesota House last week would prohibit 21-year-olds from drinking at midnight on their birthdays. Individuals would have to wait until 8 a.m. instead.

The chief author of the bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said the purpose is to prevent deaths because of excessive drinking of alcohol by young adults.
I've always shook my head at the arbitrary nature society chooses to place chronology on certain events. At 18 society can hold you accountable to defend the country, observe laws, both civil and criminal, enter into contracts, and vote. But you have to wait till 21 to drink, and under this legislation, you'll have to wait another 8 hours more.



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