Last updated on: 3/5/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Vernon F. Betkey, Jr. Biography

Title:
National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Manager at the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“GHSA strongly supports the 21 Minimum Drinking Age Law… Underage drinking remains a serious problem that needs to be addressed, but lowering the drinking age would be a gigantic step backward.”

“21 Minimum Drinking Age,” ghsa.org (accessed Aug. 25, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum legal drinking age.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Manager, Governors Highway Safety Administration, 2013-present
  • Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Administration, 2008-2013
  • Director, Maryland Highway Safety Office
  • Executive Board Member, Governors Highway Safety Administration, 2003-present
  • Law Enforcement Liaison, Region 3 Office, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2001-2003
  • Chief of Staff, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, 1998-2000
  • Maryland State Police, 1973-1998
Education:
  • Graduate, School of Police Staff and Command, Center for Public Safety, Northwestern University
  • BS, Business Management, University of Maryland
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?