Assemblyman proposes to lower drinking age to 18 in New Jersey

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NEW JERSEY— New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Carrol introduced a bill to propose to the lower the drinking age.

Carrol's argument for this change is if you can get married and go to war at 18-years-old, you should be able to legally drink.

For almost 40 years, states have voluntarily set their minimum drinking ages at 21, and the current federal law ties adherence to the 21-year-old minimum standard to a state's federal highway dollars.

Carrol says that this law locks states into a drinking age that is out of touch with the times.

Steve Denny of New Jersey remembers when the drinking age was 18— and he does not think it should go back to that.

"I think it's a bad idea..didn't work out then and it ain't gonna work out now," Denny said.

Another New Jersey resident, Eleni Paslis, is not fond of the idea either.

"Drunk driving, alcoholism, blah blah, I don't support that— keep it at 21," Paslis said.

The group, "Mothers Against Drunk Driving," says they would strongly oppose a law lowering the drinking age.

"According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the 21 year minimum drinking age saves more than 800 lives per year," MADD said in a statement.

Carroll says if it's a safety issue why stop at 21.

"The mantra was always save lives, save lives. Why don't we just raise the age to 35?"