Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently celebrated the 28th anniversary of the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age Law. Officials with MADD believe that this law helped to save nearly 30,000 lives by reducing the risks for drunk driving car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere — and will continue to save more as the years pass.
Some argue that the drinking age should be lowered, saying Europeans who start drinking at an earlier age learn to do so more responsibly and have less alcohol-related problems than the states. Others say that if they’re old enough to go to war, at the age of 18, then they should be also considered old enough to drink alcohol. Officials with MADD say that these are all shallow arguments with no supporting evidence.
The minimum age of 21 is the result of extensive research in which the reactions of various age groups to alcohol was studied. Teenagers get drunk about twice as fast as adults. They also have a tougher time knowing when to stop. Teens are also likely to overdo it and tend to binge drink more often than adults. Enforcing the minimum age of 21 for consuming alcohol beverages helps to prevent fatal car accidents and helps to protect our young one’s maturing brains.
Our Asheville car accident attorneys continue to be an active supporter of MADD and its agenda to prevent drunk driving accidents. It’s a three prong approach, including better education efforts, better enforcement and better care of victim’s rights.
In celebration of the recent anniversary, officials with MADD asked you to help out and to protect victims’ rights. Officials are asking you to get a hold of our U.S. Representative and urge them to co-sponsor House Joint Resolution 106 (H. J. Res. 106), a proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendment for Victims’ Rights.
Through this amendment, the rights of crime victims would be better protected by allowing them to get important information regarding proceedings. They would also be allowed to be present at proceedings and would also be granted with the right to be heard on these important decisions. Currently, each and every state has specific statutory laws. There are a lot of states that already have constitutional amendments protecting victims’ rights, but unfortunately these laws are oftentimes ineffective.
Even in states were victims are given “strong protection,” less that 60 percent of these crime victims are even notified in the event of the case’s sentencing hearing. Less than 40 percent of crime victims are ever told about the pretrial release of the defendant. Officials say that this is because the rights of the defendant are enshrined in the federal Constitution – 23 separate rights in all. Still, victims’ rights remain as state-based.
Officials with MADD say that there’s one way to help to protect these rights and that’s through the federal constitutional amendment, or House Joint Resolution 106.
To get this movement to progress, the amendment will need at least 100 co-sponsors.
The drunk driving accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those injured or killed in a car accident in Asheville, Charlotte or in any of the nearby areas. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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