YOUTH

Youth discrimination

Founded in 1968, the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA, youthrights.org) works to educate the public on how laws intended to protect young people instead treat them as second-class citizens.

In an interview on Reason.tv with NYRA’s president, Jeffrey Nadel, to discuss how drinking laws, imposed curfews, and other such laws punish young adults. Nadel points to New Jersey’s Kyliegh’s law as an example of how many laws aimed at protecting youth actually unintentionally endanger them. The law requires drivers under the age of 21 to have a red decal on the license plates of the vehicles they drive, ostensibly to allow law enforcement to be more protective of them. But the decals have instead lead violent drivers to target those cars. Also, infractions by younger drivers come with harsher penalties for typical traffic violations. Instead of policies that punish responsible youth, Nadel asserts that decisions about alcohol consumption, work hours, and even voting rights should be more tailored to individuals, regardless of age.

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Web site: http://www.youthrights.org/

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