THE EFFECTS OF RAISING AND LOWERING THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN VIRGINIA. UPDATE

This report updates previous ones on the impact of raising and lowering the legal drinking age. Crash data from Virginia indicate that the percentage of all crashes that are alcohol-related have increased significantly since 1974 for persons under 16, 16 to 19 years, and 20 to 24 years. Such increases were not noted for adults. In 1982, when the legal age for purchasing beer for off-premises consumption was raised to 19, percentages of alcohol-related crashes for the affected age groups dropped. It was also found that from 1974 to 1982, numbers of alcohol-related crashes were higher than expected, based on previous trends, for persons under 16, 16 to 19 years and 20 to 24 years. Numbers of non-alcohol-related crashes and alcohol-related crashes for adults were not higher than expected. These trends for young persons were tentatively reversed in 1982. It was concluded that Virginia should take a more protective stance towards its 16 to 20 year olds and increase the minimum legal drinking age to 21 years.

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    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Lynn, C W
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386459
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 84-R34, HS-037 184
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1985 12:00AM