Vice Squad
Sunday, February 22, 2004
More Federal Pressure on State Alcohol Policy

The minimum drinking age is 21 throughout the US thanks to financial pressure from the federal government in the mid-1980s -- the receipt of highway funds was tied to a state's adoption of 21 as the legal drinking age. The last paragraph of this story indicates that the next use of highway funds will be to ensure that states outlaw open containers of alcohol in cars. Apparently, 14 states currently do not make it a crime to have an open container in a moving vehicle.

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