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National Drinking Age #297748

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 26, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Senator debate and vote on establishing national minimum drinking age examined; statistics related to teenage drinking and auto fatalities noted. Presence of representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, National Council on Alcoholism, PTA for debate mentioned. Legis. under consideration outlined on screen, discussed. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - notes equity of proposed legislature] Difference between House and Senator versions explained.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Don Juhlin

(Studio) Senate vote noted in progress.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Los Angeles, California) Status of violations of drinking law by minors examined; California cited as example [California highway patrol spokesperson Ray JOHNSON - outlines related statistics.] [PEOPLE - comment.] Problems in enforcing law cited. [BOY - describes getting adults to purchase beer for him.] [COUPLE - describe purchasing drinks without identification] [Lieutenant Paul CHIABOTTI - acknowledges society's responsibility in making laws work.] [American Med. Association spokesperson Dr. Jokichi TAKAMINE - describes social pressure to drink.]

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Sparrows Part, MD) Nation's change in attitude toward making 21 legal minimum drinking age reviewed; role of Candy Lightner as founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) examined. [LIGHTNER - recalls daughter's death as catalyst to forming MADD, authorities' attitude toward drunk drivers and law, media's response, her confrontation with California governor] [MADD spokesperson Cindy MANNS - describes child's injuries.] [Representative Michael BARNES - notes power of movement] MADD's demonstration at White House in October 1980 recalled, shown. [LIGHTNER - notes size of MADD now; thinks President Reagan's previous opposition has been changed due to pols.; would prefer having daughter alive to having MADD.] [MANNS - is optimistic over daughter's ability to cope.]

Dow, David;
Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob

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