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#1 13 years ago

Okay, I am strictly against raising the driving age in most circumstances, but there is one case I will make an exeption. I believe the drinking age, or rather the age you are allowed to purchase alcohol should be lowered to the age of fifteen. Many reasons why, the major one is because it works in many countries. Kids experience the effects of alcohol earlier on in life, and by the time they learn how to drive at the age of 18, they know how to handle the beverage. That compared to starting out at sixteen as a driver, experiencing alcohol, not knowing how to handle it, and then getting you and/or someone else hurt or killed.




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#2 13 years ago

I agree, but people in other countries people aren't as stupid as most American drunk drivers. 16 is too young to be able to have a driver's license and i think it should be 17, and hell, yes...put the drinking age down to 15, or maybe 16, hell...make it 14.




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#3 13 years ago

Fourteen would have been nice. It is good to be exposed to alcohol. The first few times I had experiences with getting shit-faced, I couldn't handle too much alcohol. And I got extremely obnoxious, dancing with everyone, cussing all over the place, saying anything I thought. I don't want to drive at night one day and get killed by a college kid who had too much to drink, more than he/she could handle.




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#4 13 years ago

There is talk that due to a new Homeland Security Law that will require state Liscence branches to do ID checks and function more or less as a FBI force doing security checks and such for people applying for a drivers liscence the cost of getting a drivers liscnce is expected to skyrocket.

Here IIRC you have to take a written test, a driving test, and pay $8 for a liscence. The cost is expected to jump into the hundreds of dollars. If they instead apply it to the palte fees like they usually do here I may have to sell some cars.




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#5 13 years ago

I have yet to see any of Alcohols so called posistive effects. I've seen quite a few negatives though, lowering the drinking age will only create more problems and don't give me they do it anyway excuse, people murder people, it's illegal and it'll stay that way. I've seen teen drunks and it isn't a pretty sight, bunch of people neandering around a room as the next generation of alcoholics. Most of the alcoholics I know either get very stupid, or very mean when drunk. Luckily I know more of the stupid kind than the mean kind. They get drunk take the car out, or the ATV out, with or without a license and go driving, then a couple ours later I see them go back to their house in a police car. I'm not interested in seeing more ruined drunkards acting like assholes. Things are bad enough as it is, if it wasn't for the fact that there are so many alcoholics that it's unrealistic to ban the drink, I'd say ban alcohol.




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#6 13 years ago
Phoenix_22I agree, but people in other countries people aren't as stupid as most American drunk drivers.

Bingo! Not just America--there's plenty of irresponsible idiots in Canada, too. I'm from the Province which is the national leader in both under-aged drinking and instances of drunk driving, and I've seen teenagers drink illegally and drive illegally, almost always during the same evening.

16 is too young to be able to have a driver's license and i think it should be 17, and hell, yes...put the drinking age down to 15, or maybe 16, hell...make it 14.

Well, I don't disagree with this. I think it works okay in other countries because they don't have a culture of high crime, fast cars, and rampant irresponsibility. Generally, I think both should be at 18. Some teenagers are quite mature for being 16 years old, but most are not even close. Besides, teenagers can get accustomed to alcohol (legally and safely) with their families and relatives.




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#7 13 years ago
NordicvsGenerally, I think both should be at 18. Some teenagers are quite mature for being 16 years old, but most are not even close. Besides, teenagers can get accustomed to alcohol (legally and safely) with their families and relatives.

i would like it to be 18, but some people, like me, will be going to college at 17. I think that if you are going to college you should have a car to get around. Otherwise i'm all for making the drinking and driving limits(not together, i just mean seperately, but both of them) at 18, much like everything else in America.




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#8 13 years ago

Kids are getting jobs a 16 and they need a car to get to their workplace. The funny thing is you can die for your country at 18 yet you can't have a been till your 21. I think they should either raise the age for recruitment to 21 or lower the drinking age to 18. I think the drinking age should be 14, let the kids get wasted so that only the responsoble ones will able to drive by 16. Or just make it 18 like 22 said.




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#9 13 years ago

NordicvsGenerally, I think both should be at 18. Some teenagers are quite mature for being 16 years old, but most are not even close. Besides, teenagers can get accustomed to alcohol (legally and safely) with their families and relatives.[/QUOTE] You took the words out of my mouth mate. In Finland we have this 18/18 system in use and I think it could work pretty well in the USA too.

[quote=Pethegreatâ„¢]Kids are getting jobs a 16 and they need a car to get to their workplace.

Bicycle, moped or scooter are enough as I don't think that so many 16 year old youngsters have to go over 20 km to the work. Besides, there's always public transportation available.




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#10 13 years ago
RelanderYou took the words out of my mouth mate. In Finland we have this 18/18 system in use and I think it could work pretty well in the USA too. Bicycle, moped or scooter are enough as I don't think that so many 16 year old youngsters have to go over 20 km to the work. Besides, there's always public transportation available.

Public transportation in America is expensive and hard to get as everything is so spread out. Not like European countries that are much denser and have rail systems set up all over the place kind of like New York. 20 KM translated to about 12 miles an hour, which is extremely slow. Considering my old work place was ten miles away from my house, it would take almost an hour to get there while with a car it would only take about 20 minutes at the most depending on traffic.