During the early and mid-1980s, many states raised their drinking age to 21 in response to federal prompting
and as a means of promoting traffic safety. To further address public health and safety concerns, many states
initiated sobriety checkpoints and introduced random drug testing for public employees and high school
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you address the following:
• How would you analyze the effect of these policies? What approach might you take, and what types of
information might you seek and use?
• If your analysis discerned the policies had no effect on public health and safety, how do you think different
political groups would react?
• What due process and equal protection issues and standards do these public safety strategies raise?
• Apply the Supreme Court’s three-tiered scrutiny test to determine if equal protection or due process has been
violated in the implementation of these policies.
• Explain how managerial, political, and legal perspectives variously affect this policy change, implementation,
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