Time to put the brakes on underage drinking

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  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 7:40 p.m.

    Your goal is cutting DUI's. How can we make it possible for any drinker not to drive? Any drinker should be able to use his driver's license to get a cab home. If the drinker has no cash, he is billed for the ride. If the drivers fails to pay in 90 days his license is revoked.

    This way, all drivers have a way home without driving. This could be done all at the drinker's expense.

  • Jeffrey
    June 29, 2008 1:02 p.m.

    Um, uncannygunman, are you friggin' serious? Encourage "responsible" drunk driving techniques? Now there's a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one.

    I do feel that attempting to "stop" underage drinking is not a realistic possibility, but just because we can't stop it doesn't mean we should go so far as to encourage it.

    Good grief, I'm really hoping your post was a horrible attempt at sarcasm.

  • uncannygunman
    June 29, 2008 9:09 a.m.

    I'm confused. Is the author opposed to teen drinking, drunk driving, or the alcohol industry in general?

    Rather than chase the unobtainable with "zero tolerance" policies, I'd rather see us shift to a "rational acceptance of the inevitable" model. Teens will drink. Drivers will drink and drive. Teen drivers will drink and drive. Rather than pretend we can make it stop, why don't we mix discouragement in with a healthy dose of harm reduction?

    For example, how about an ad campaign that tells drunk drivers that, if they're going to drive drunk, the best way to avoid draconian DUI punishments is to not get caught! Counterintuitive? Maybe, but most of the drunk drivers who do get caught do so because they commit traffic violations or cause accidents. Those who don't, don't get caught very often. I would much rather be on the road with the latter category of drunks than the former.

    "Think and drive when you drink and drive." There's a PSA I could get behind.

  • Right on
    June 29, 2008 7:07 a.m.

    We lose more American teenagers each month to drunk drivers than we've lost in the entire Iraq war. Still, you don't hear people screaming to end drunk driving nearly as loudly as they do to end the war. Lets put our efforts where they will do the most good, end the slaughter on our highways, adopt a zero tolerance attitude.