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Police: Underage drinking party broken up

There are 28 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Sep 27, 2010, titled Police: Underage drinking party broken up. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

Local police say they busted an underage drinking party Saturday night and issued 37 citations for consumption of alcohol.

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Smith

Rensselaer, NY

#23 Sep 29, 2010
illegal is illegal wrote:
Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal. Supplying alcohol to individuals under 21 is illegal. End of discussion.
The people who were busted were 20 years old. It is irrelevant if they are in college or not.
What would happen if those 20-year-old "college students" (or any of the other 100 beer party participants) went for a drive after their "party" and had a fatal accident to themselves and/or others? This is one of the reasons why the drinking age is set at 21.
I have no sympathy whatsoever for any of the busted "beer partiers".
Does drinking by under-21's happen? Yes. Is it illegal? Yes.
Period.
What in the hell does being under 21 have to do with drinking and driving? If you were at all intelligent, you would know your facts. Males that are 21 to 34 years old are most involved in drinking and driving. Your argument for one of the reasons it's illegal to drink under 21 is incorrect. If you're going to make your case, make it on facts. Don't try to make what they did sound worse than it was.
"Period."
illegal is illegal

Brookline, MA

#24 Sep 29, 2010
WOW wrote:
"What would happen if those 20-year-old "college students" (or any of the other 100 beer party participants) went for a drive after their "party" and had a fatal accident to themselves and/or others? This is one of the reasons why the drinking age is set at 21."
Yep you magically hit that 21 year old mark and never have to worry about getting in an accident again. It only happens to people underage and drinking.
God, please reword your sentence because it makes absolutely no sense.
My sentence makes perfect sense. Please try re-reading it calmly. Of course drunk-driving accidents can happen to people over 21. I never said it couldn't, so I really do not understand why you wrote that. At least at 21, they have (hopefully) had another year to mature.
Justgiveup

South Hadley, MA

#25 Sep 29, 2010
Alcohol and pot users will defend those actions till death do them part. Probably why so many of them do part that way. There is something to be said about survival of the fittest. It's really not a bad thing that many of the ones who do go like that never get a chance to reproduce. The sad thing is that some do.
illegal is illegal

Brookline, MA

#26 Sep 29, 2010
Smith wrote:
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What in the hell does being under 21 have to do with drinking and driving? If you were at all intelligent, you would know your facts. Males that are 21 to 34 years old are most involved in drinking and driving. Your argument for one of the reasons it's illegal to drink under 21 is incorrect. If you're going to make your case, make it on facts. Don't try to make what they did sound worse than it was.
"Period."
Actually, being under 21 has quite a lot to do with drinking and driving. Enforcing the minimum age drinking laws has saved an estimated 25,000 lives since 1975 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). There are countless other "facts" available on-line that do not need to be repeated here.

People under 21 have less driving experience and less maturity than those in the 21-34 group. Thus, my original statement (not an "argument") is absolutely correct: Keeping the drinking age at 21 saves lives by (in part) helping to prevent underage drinking and driving. This is a fact.

You may want to take the time to research it to get your facts straight before coming on here swearing and calling people un-intelligent and incorrect and defending the under-age law-breakers. They knew it was illegal when they decided to go to that party. I am also not trying to "make what they did sound worse than it was." They did that all by themselves. You should not be trying to make what they did sound better than what it was. Drinking under 21 is illegal. Period.

Besides, this is all about saving lives (not comparing "facts", although the facts do back this up), which is what the police were trying to do (and may have succeeded in doing that night). The police did not go there because "they had nothing better to do" than to pick on poor, innocent college people just trying to have a beer party on the weekend. They went there to save lives. Plain and simple.

Thanks for helping to "make my case." Having the legal drinking age at 21 saves lives. Period!:)
A Mom

Cranston, RI

#27 Sep 29, 2010
My kid was at the party and I think the cops were wrong to breathalyze them...they were not behind a wheel ....these kids were not smart enough to decline the test...so the 36 that got tickets have to go to a class as they took the test..how about the rest of them? Also she was not driving and had a designated driver with them..at least they were being responsible!
illegal is illegal

Brookline, MA

#28 Sep 29, 2010
A Mom wrote:
My kid was at the party and I think the cops were wrong to breathalyze them...they were not behind a wheel ....these kids were not smart enough to decline the test...so the 36 that got tickets have to go to a class as they took the test..how about the rest of them? Also she was not driving and had a designated driver with them..at least they were being responsible!
It doesn't matter if they were behind the wheel or not. If they are under 21, it is illegal for them to be drinking (whether driving or not). Breathalyzing them is a quick and easy way to find out if they were drinking. If they refused the breathalyzer, I'm sure the police could have made them do a field sobriety test instead to indicate impairment. Or, just smelling it on their breath may be enough. I don't know. So, I don't think its a matter of being "smart enough" to decline the test. Even if they declined, the police would still have other means to prove drinking. If they were smart enough, they would have avoided the party in the first place. I don't know what happened to the rest of them. If they were drinking, I'm sure they received tickets. The police would not let them go just because they refused a breathalyzer.

It is good that your daughter had a DD who did not drink. Although, I would not call this "responsible" for an under-21 person since that is illegal. If an over-21 person had a DD, that would be considered responsible (in my opinion). Makes me wonder if the supposed non-drinking DD received a ticket.
Disappointed Alumni

Watervliet, NY

#29 Oct 1, 2010
Wouldn't this issue be addressed by an College Athlete Code of Conduct, What are the colleges and coaches reaction to this event?
illegal is illegal

Brookline, MA

#31 Oct 19, 2010
Update: Numbers published in the USA Today on 10/19/10 show that an estimated 27,000 lives saved (link below). "Smith" (posted above) would be most interested in these numbers given his comment above.:)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-1...

BY THE NUMBERS

Traffic crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for 16- to 19-year-olds.

25% of all 15- to 20-year-old drivers killed in crashes were alcohol impaired.

73% of youth in alcohol impaired fatalities were not wearing seat belts.

An estimated 27,052 lives were saved since 1975 as a result of raising the drinking age to 21.

350,000 injuries every year come from crashes for 15- to 20-year-olds.

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