CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 20, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's recent opposition to cutting highway funds for any state failing to make 21 the minimum drinking age recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Oradell, New Jersey) Reagan's about-face on minimum drinking age issue during visit to high school alcohol awareness program examined; films shown. Statistics related to teenage drunk driving injuries and fatalities outlined. [Hector DEL VALLE - recalls driving under influence with resulting paralyzing injuries.] [REAGAN - notes drunk drivers' impact on society in general] President said now dropping opposition to minimum drinking age legislature [Senators Lowell WEICKER, Frank LAUTENBERG - explain problems stalling bill in Senate] [YOUTH - express mixed feelings on issue.] [REAGAN - notes stupidity of drug abuse.]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Oradell, New Jersey) Bergen Cnty., New Jersey, police program aimed at drunk drivers noted. [Lieutenant Robert HERB - feels fewer accidents, deaths is perfect program.] New Jersey's drunk driving-related fatality rate prior to program's inception noted. [Students Against Driving Drunk spokesperson Abby FINK - wants to stop drunk driving among friends.] [Students Against spokesperson Jill TRAIMAN - will prevent drunk friend from driving if possible.] Hector Del Valle's injuries as result of his driving while drunk and his efforts to warn peers examined. [DEL VALLE - talks to students about drunk driving.] [TRAIMAN - finds Del Valle's talks effective.] [DEL VALLE - hopes some good will result from his efforts.] Lack of teenage drunk driving fatalities so far this year noted.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel