Lifewatch: Drinking age

WILMINGTON -- A new study shows that having the minimum drinking age of 21 is saving lives.

The study conducted by the Pacific Institute for research and evaluation found laws which make having or buying alcohol by anyone under 21 illegal lead to an 11% drop in alcohol related traffic deaths in young people.

It also found that states with strong laws against fake ID's reported 7% fewer alcohol related fatalities among drivers under 21.

The federal government passed the uniform minimum drinking age in 1984 to reduce underage drinking and alcohol related problems.

The study is published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal entitled, "Accident Analysis and Prevention."

Reported by Kristy Ondo