Parents, students weigh in on drinking age proposal, ASU mum

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Should drinking age be lowered?
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TEMPE - More than 100 of the nation's best known universities are lobbying lawmakers to change the drinking age from 21 to 18 years old.

But is that a good idea? Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State are just a few of the universities that want the drinking age lowered.

Still Arizona State University officials are opposed and staying out of the debate.

Its students, however, are not. Parents and students say they are unsure of what the right answer is.

But the question has people talking and has sparked a national debate, with more than 100 university presidents now asking lawmakers to consider changing the drinking age from 21 to 18.

Rodney Hu owns the the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. He says underage drinking is a problem and he has a stack of confiscated fake identification cards to prove it. No matter what the law this bar owner says he will enforce it but he does not sometimes does not understand it. He tells 3TV, "If you are old enough to sign up for military and give your life the country and make adult decisions, then old enough to make decision whether or not to drink."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving disagrees. Still binge drinking is a big problem on college campus' and many prominent university presidents believe changing the law could change that and save lives.

Either way it is a debate ASU is staying out of, as President Michael Crow is opposed to changing the drinking age.

Also today the governor weighed in saying she is skeptical about the idea and concerned about traffic safety and brain development in young adults.