The Herald reports:
Kevin Rudd would like to see the drinking age in Australia raised from 18 to 21 years.
The Prime Minister said he would prefer an increase, given a recent series of tragic accidents involving P-plate drivers.
Since the start of the year 12 teenagers have been killed in cars driven by P-plate drivers in New South Wales and Victoria.
In one crash that killed five teenagers in Melbourne the 19-year-old driver had a blood alcohol level almost four times the legal limit.
I love the logic here. Because some young Australians break the very serious laws about drink driving, Kevin Rudd thinks the solution is to lower the drinking age, as if that would make a difference.
The sort of people who drive pissed, are not going to change their behaviour because it is technically illegal to purchase the alcohol, as well as drive after drinking it. It won’t affect the problem drink drivers, but will criminalise a million or so young Australians.Tags: drinking age, Kevin Rudd