Age 18 is not magic. Well-heeled industry lobbyists constantly whisper to lawmakers the mantra, “Old enough to fight and vote, old enough to drink and smoke.” They imply smoking is a right and a benefit, not an addiction and a societal burden. Our society has always recognized that young people are vulnerable to impulsive and risky behaviors and granted our kids gradually increasing access to potentially dangerous activities. We allow partial work permits at age 14 then driver’s licenses at 16 and legal responsibilities at 18. Finally we grant access to alcohol, and in most states gambling and handguns, at age 21. In the four states (Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington) that have legalized marijuana, the legal sales age is set at 21. Smoking is statistically much more deadly than any of these other risky behaviors. How many hundreds of thousand of lives should be traded for the shortsighted sophistry of “18 = adult”?
Just got a summons just waiting for the light to change, I just took my phone out of my pocket to give to a friend (because it against the law to talk or text) with phone in my hand, the cop taps on the window for me to pull over, I was not talking or texting just about to give a phone to a friend to check on something and my phone shows no activites at this time. Again, I know the law, but maybe I don’t know the law for holding a phone. Believe me, the law is great, it will save lives, that’s why I handed the phone to my friend, the summoms say “cell phone in right hand” it does not say that I was talking or texting. Man, 3 points off my license is a little extreme to me for as the summons says “cell phone in right hand” I have been driving for years never has points off. Again, it’s a great law it will save lives. Wow!
During the 1980s and 1990s, legislative changes, increased law enforcement, tougher prosecution and punishment, highly visible advocacy, and public education were all components of the "war on drunk driving." Other legislative changes, such as mandatory seat belt laws, lower BAC limits, and stricter rules on automobile safety standards can also be credited. The decline in alcohol-related fatalities seen in the United States over the past two and a half decades is attributable to a combination of factors, including but not limited to safer vehicles, increased public awareness of the danger of drunk driving, use of designated drivers—a term that did not exist in the before the drinking age was raised—sobriety checkpoints, zero-tolerance laws for young drivers, and altogether more stringent enforcement of alcohol-impaired driving laws have led to the reduction seen in rates of drunk driving and related deaths. In fact, many of these improvements can be traced to the 39 recommendations presented by the Presidential Commission Against Drunk Driving in 1982. According to an analysis by NHTSA, safety belts and air bags have had a vastly greater effect in preventing fatalities than the 21 year-old drinking age; for example, in 2002 and 2003 alone, more lives on the road were saved by the use of safety belts and airbags than there were in the entire history of the 21 year-old drinking age.