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March 3, 2011

Underage drunken-driving law about the alcohol, not the impairment

By Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha

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Did you know that the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey finds that 13% of males and 8% of females in the 6th grade report their first alcohol use, beyond a few sips, at 10 years of age or younger?  

Did you know that in Minnesota 420 people were killed on our roadways in 2010; 141 of the fatalities were from alcohol related crashes? Did you know that our youth is overly represented in these numbers? Generational change and a huge adjustment in our attitudes about youth and alcohol is required if we are to reduce death and injury on our highways in the future. Alcohol is not a RITE OF PASSAGE.

The 2010 Minnesota Student Survey can be found at www.education.state.mn.us.

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