Coroner calls for increase of alcohol purchasing age following death of drink-driving teen

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 December 2018Family First Comment: We lobbied for increasing the age – even released a report with the research evidence – when Parliament last messed this issue up…“There appears to be incontrovertible evidence of a direct link between the lowering of the alcohol purchasing age in 1999 and an increase in the incidence of injury and fatal accidents involving alcohol impaired drivers aged 15-19 years,” the coroner said.https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/young-people-and-alcohol/A coroner is urging the Government to raise the drinking age to 20 after the death of a 19-year-old drink driver.Blenheim butcher George Bernard Holland was killed in the early hours of August 6, 2017, when he failed to give way at a one-way bridge in Marlborough, colliding head-on with a heavy truck and trailer.Holland, who that night drank about 12 cans of Double Brown while on a “boys weekend” in Murchison, also had MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis in his system.Coroner David Robinson said the crash could have been prevented if Holland adhered to the zero alcohol level for drivers under 20.In his findings, released on Wednesday, the coroner referred to extensive research in recommending the Government return the minimum alcohol purchase age to 20 with no exceptions.The alcohol purchase age was reduced in December 1999. One study, found “significantly” more alcohol-involved crashes amongst 15 to 19-year-olds in the four years following while a more recent study found the number of alcohol-related crashes in this age group  increased from 102 in 2014 to 142 in 2017.“There appears to be incontrovertible evidence of a direct link between the lowering of the alcohol purchasing age in 1999 and an increase in the incidence of injury and fatal accidents involving alcohol impaired drivers aged 15-19 years,” the coroner said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/109067753/coroner-calls-for-increase-of-alcohol-purchasing-age-following-death-of-drinkdriving-teenKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Southerland’s suspension reportedly due to NCAA investigation into academic records

first_img Published on January 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Syracuse forward James Southerland’s current suspension is due to an NCAA investigation into SU’s academic records The Post-Standard’s Mike Waters reports citing three sources familiar with the situation.Southerland missed the No. 6 Orange’s last game, a 72-61 win over Villanova, because of the suspension and if he is not reinstated the forward will not able to travel with the team to Louisville, Ky., for its game against the No. 1 Cardinals on Saturday. The team is scheduled to depart Syracuse on Friday.All three sources told The Post-Standard that Southerland was also nearly held out of the Orange’s previous game against Providence on Jan. 7 as part of the NCAA investigation, though that was for a matter unrelated to his current ineligibility.His prior temporary suspension was cleared up quickly after he made a payment to reimburse for improper benefits. This one, two sources told The Post-Standard, centers on a term paper.Former SU director of basketball operations Stan Kissel abruptly resigned in December. At the time, Kissel said he resigned for personal reasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKissel also served as the liaison for the Academic Services Department. It remains unclear whether his resignation is at all related to Southerland’s suspension or the NCAA investigation. Comments Related Stories Boeheim hopeful Southerland could returnMBB : For Southerland, SAT final hurdle to getting to SyracuseSOUTHERN COMFORT: Southerland’s career night from beyond the arc carries Syracuse to win over ArkansasSyracuse forward Southerland ineligible until further noticecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more