Statement: MADD supports the 21 minimum legal drinking age and opposes any attempts to change it. Countless studies have shown we would lose more people — many more each year on our roads as a result of lowering the drinking age from 21.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 500 additional lives (people between the ages of 18 and 20) would be lost each year in the U.S. if the drinking age were lowered to 18,” said Doug Scoles, Regional Director for MADD.
It would be irresponsible and quite frankly hard to understand why anyone would support, or even condone, an action that would bring about such horrific results as this. MADD’s mission is to eliminate drunk driving, and lowering the minimum drinking age would add to the terrible toll that already plagues our country because of drinking and driving. We certainly do not consider an additional 500 lives lost on our highways to be acceptable under any circumstances.
The Situation: A bill moving through Wisconsin’s statehouse would lower its drinking age to 19. Read more here.
The Facts: The drinking age minimum is one of the most studied laws on the books. It saves roughly 800 lives each year. Click on the video below to learn more about this proposed bill:
What You Can Do: Tell Wisconsin legislators that you DON’T support the proposed change because it will endanger lives. Send an action alert today.