New York's "21" DWI Law Continues To Save Lives

November 22, 2007 by Mark Siesel

New York's DWI Law setting the minimum drinking age to 21 in July of 1984, (as did many other states) according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA has saved an estimated 25,000 lives. According to Glynn Birch, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, (MADD) "The earlier a youth begins drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to become alcohol dependent, binge drink, and to drive drunk later in life."

In September, 2007, MADD, The American Medical Association, (AMA), The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced the formation of Support 21, a coalition of health and safety groups in support of the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law.

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