North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
6The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, August 21, 1986
The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, August 21, 19867
Chapel HiF 'dirMdunig capital9
Me leopardlnzedl toy law dh&img
y JUL w
By JEANNIE FARIS
The Tar Heel state will enter the
era of enforced sobriety Sept. 1.
joining all but eight states and
Washington. D.C.. in raising its
drinking age to 21.
Since the U.S. Congress passed
the Surface Transportation Act of
1982. any state refusing to adopt
the higher drinking age by. federal
fiscal year 1987 will lose 5 percent
to 10 percent of its highway funds.
So the North Carolina General
Assembly approved the age hike
because of the state's need for
federal highway funds, and now
law enforcement officials, bar
owners, beer distributors and 19
and 20-year-olds are preparing to
adjust to the restrictions of the
controversial new law.
Joan Corboy. director of the
Washington. D.C. branch of
Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
said people who lived in states that
have raised the drinking age have
gradually changed their perception
of the law and their attitude toward
"It's like segregation. They used
to say you can't legislate change of
heart. Well. I think that's baloney."
When people realize that drink
ing underage is actually against the
law. they will alter their lifestyles,
she said. -
"Buying beer will be just a little
bit harder for them. I think that
in ten years. youH see a whole
different picture," she said.
"Drinking was not a part of the
culture when she was attending
school in the 1940s. Corboy said,
adding that this social culture will
return with the change in drinking
"Young people will learn that it's
not essential to drink," Corboy
VAK&I I Y 'fa
VgKt kiwi 1 1 1 1
jS. FUNNY WEEK!
L J Today at
T"63 - ,IM
i the new thriller
with Bob H osteins
NICHOLSON REALLY LETS RIP!"
TODAY 2:00 4:30 7:30 9:40
Regional KINTEK STEREO Exclusive
-J . a 3 Is
said. "1 think they'll find they can
live without getting drunk."
Officers say transition will be
Corboy's ideas are similar to
those of the University Campus
Police Director Robert Sherman,
who said he believed students
would adapt to the change fairly
"I'm optimistic. 1 feel good about
the way students respond and react
to change," he said.
To avoid confusion Sept. 1, the
change in the drinking age policy
on campus began when students
returned Aug. 18.
Sherman said the UNC system
was a state institution and should
comply with all laws and rules. "I
don't think any of us need the
problems caused by people drink
ing under 21." he said.
Cooperation with administrative
officials will be essential for stu
dents if they want to continue their
social functions, Sherman said.
"I'd hate to see the types of things
students like to do be discontinued.
They will need to work with the
administration and adhere to the
law." he said.
Sherman added that students at
UNC should set an example for
other North Carolina schools by
coping with the change while
continuing to enjoy their functions,
"We are known here as a flagship
institution in the system, and we
should be a guide for other insti
tutions," he said.
Chapel Hill Police Captain
Ralph Pendergraph also predicted
that students would probably make
the adjustment without much
"Eventually, people will become
accustomed to it, and they'll
comply with the restrictions ot the
According to the state Alcohol Law Enforcement
Division, the following penalties will go into effect
Sept. 1 :
b If you are under 19 and attempt to purchase
or purchase alcohol, the result is a one-year license
revocation and a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is
a penalty punishable by a fins of up to $2,000 or
imprisonment for up to two years or both. Possession
is also a misdemeanor.
a If you are 19 or 20, the attempt to purchase,
purchase, or possess beer or unfortified wine is an
infraction resulting in a $25 fine. An infraction is an
unlawful act not considered a crime that results in
the payment of a penalty. For liquors and unfortified
wine, the penalty is a misdemeanor.
a The use of false identification at any age is a
misdemeanor and results in a one-year license
law," he said.
Pendergraph added that his
department was working for a
smooth transition in September by
informing students and merchants
of the restrictions and conse
quences of the law.
"The main thing we've done is
work with merchants who sell beer
and encourage them to make close
(identification) checks," Pender
Officers also provided informa
tion to students during orientation
week and will continue to address
groups that request a presentation.
"We just want to get out Jthe
Solid Maple Frame
100 Rubber Backed Canvas
Available in Assorted Colors
The Above Chair is:
A. A Dining Chair
B. A Desk Chair
C. A Casual Chair
D. Only $29.98
E. All of the Above
I a Af
Furniture and Accessories
15-501 ByPass CH
M-F 10 am-8 pm
Sat. lOam-6 pm
information. We're not taking a
threatening approach to this," he
said. "We tell people what the law
is and then let them make their own
Penalties to stiffen
If anyone should choose not to
abide by the law and is caught,
Pendergraph said the offender
would be charged with an infrac
tion, resulting in a $25 citation. An
infraction is not a crime, but an
unlawful act which has no conse
quences other than the payment.
But if the offender is caught a
second time, he will be charged
with a misdemeanor, which is a
crime punishable by a fine of up
to $2,000 or imprisonment of no
more than two years, or both.
Pendergraph said he thought the
fine would be an effective deterrent
to underage drinking. "I don't think
people are going to want to pay
$25 too many times," he said.
Businessmen predict effects
Bill Hardy, manager of Top of
the Hill, said he thought public
awareness of merchant coopera
tion with the police crackdowns
would discourage potential under
Hardy said that alcohol law
enforcement officials recently made
a presentation to his employees,
who are now scrutinizing identifi
cations much more closely.
During the past few days, Hardy
said employees at his store had
already confiscated about six fake
identifications that people had tried
to use to buy beer.
"We are checking more vehe
mently because we get into more
trouble than a 19- or 20-year-old
caught buying beer underage,"
Hardy said, referring to the pos
sibility of the store losing its liquor
Law enforcement officials follow
through with their crackdown by
Jf lllJULIlllWMmiBBLi fv?
4 "h tA :f
DTH Larry ChildresS
The law steps in to end student drinking
lines into bars would diminish, and
they said they hoped better beer
bargains would result from com
petition among bars to attract
Alecia Flowers, a junior from
Clayton, said she thought people
who were turned away from the
bars by the new law would continue
to drink in unsupervised areas.
"There will be a lot of illegal
driving with people drinking on the
road. The pros and cons don't
equal out," she said.
But members of MADD dis
agree, citing a 1984-85 National
Highway Transporation Associa
tion study of automobile accidents
in states that had raised their
drinking age to 21.
They found a 13 percent reduc
tion in alcohol-related fatalities
among the 18- to 20-year-old
drivers, said Janie Ivan, secretary
of public affairs and media assist
int for the national MADD
The 13 percent reduction trans
lates into a total of 700 lives saved
within a year, she said.
Ivan said she believes that the
higher drinking age is an effective
deterrent to drunk driving. "Arrests
are up, accidents are down and lives
are being saved."
frequently visiting stores and
making themselves visible, Hardy
said. "They're always good about
keeping up with these kinds of
Hardy added that as a result, he
anticipated a significant drop in
alcohol sales, but he hoped that the
location of the store on the corner
of Franklin and Columbia streets
would make up for the losses.
The location should attract
customers who can legally buy
alcohol and other merchandise, he
Although the law may hurt
business, Hardy said he thought it
was especially important to encour
age responsibility among university
students who drink.
"Personally, I'm not totally
against the law changing over," he
Students live closer together and
interact more with each other on
a campus environment, so they
should be more careful, he added.
"It's more important to be
conscious and aware of how they
are using alcohol because they
affect people around them differ
ently than they would in another
atmosphere," Hardy said. "It's just
good that this type of law makes
people think a little bit about
But Greg Wolf, owner of Molly
Maguire's Irish Pub, said that he
did not think the new law was just,
although he realized there were two
valid sides of the argument.
He added that the law was a
result of an unconstitutional vio
lation of states' rights, comparing
the federal incentives to blackmail.
"They (federal lawmakers) don't
have the right to come in and set
state laws," he said.
But he said Molly Maguire's
employees would stringently abide
by the law, carding anybody who
Andy Hicks, manager of Span
ky's, said he thought the law would
attract an older crowd, but
employees would continue to
strictly enforce the drinking age.
Stuart McAfee, branch manager
of Harris Inc. beer distributors,
said sales from the growing pop
ulation in the Research Triangle
area would make up for sales lost
Bars catering to the student
population would feel the impact
of the new law much more the
stores and retailers, McAfee said.
Students question value of law
And students who can no longer
enter these bars legally have strong
opinions about the new law that
so drastically affects their social
"This is going to completely
change the whole atmosphere of
the school. Some people won't even
be able to go to bars as seniors,"
said Jonathon White, a sophomore
Dondi Ramsey, a freshman from
Holden Beach, said she thought the
lawmakers should have imple
mented a "grandfather clause" to
exempt people who could legally
drink alcohol and enter bars before
Sept. 1, but could not after that
Two graduate students said they
thought there would be some
advantages to the increased drink
ing ag'e. Patrick Martin and Jeff
Kushan agreed that crowds and
220 Vtit czRomnaxy
ALL YOU CAN EAT SEAFOOD
Servfd Sunday thru Thursday Niqhts
Highway 54 East
0 r-' I
i )Calabash Sfyfe """"mim
Wednesday night is Club Night
at Teddy's! Eat, drink, and dance
for only $10 per person. 12-ft., full
meal buffet served 8-10 pm. D.J. in
the afternoons. Jazz 5:30-8:00.
Drinking and dancing 'til midnight.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres
1 Rated Quality & Service
4 pm-1 am
11 am-1 am
jf0"" pi ' v n
"WE HAUL IT"
FAST 74 FREE
1400 E. Franklin Street
30 Minute Delivery "Guaranteed"
We Deliver More Than Just Great
Quality is our Recipe!
I sinsa i
4 pm-2 am
11 am-2 am
Any 16" Three
Not good on
Deluxe or Veg.
One coupon per pizza Jj
I for Four J
1-16" 2 Item Pizza
and 4 Soft Drinks !
Any Time i
One coupon per pizza ! One coupon periKaJcpoppizza J