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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Biography

Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"

“The change in the legal minimum drinking age has been one of the most extensively studied policy changes in our transportation history. All of the rigorously drawn and peer-reviewed studies have essentially come to the same conclusion; lowering the legal drinking age increases both alcohol consumption and alcohol-related fatalities among young drivers, and raising the drinking age reduces consumption and fatalities.

The National Transportation Safety Board will continue to fight for effective minimum drinking age laws.”

National Transportation Safety Board, “NTSB Acting Chairman Addresses the Issue of Underage Drinking and Driving,”, Nov. 7, 2008


“The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. The NTSB investigates accidents, conducts safety studies, evaluates the effectiveness of other government agencies’ programs for preventing transportation accidents, and reviews the appeals of enforcement actions involving aviation and mariner certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), as well as the appeals of civil penalty actions taken by the FAA.

To help prevent accidents, the NTSB develops safety recommendations based on our investigations and studies. These are issued to federal, state, and local government agencies and to industry and other organizations in a position to improve transportation safety.”

“History and Mission,” (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)


“To promote transportation safety by maintaining our congressionally mandated independence and objectivity; conducting objective, precise accident investigations and safety studies; performing fair and objective airman and mariner certification appeals; and advocating and promoting safety recommendation. And to assist victims of transportation accidents and their families.”

“History and Mission,” (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)

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