It’s not always criminals making dumbass decisions. Scary enough, it’s lawmakers too. This week lawmakers in Montana are considering a bill that would lift the open alcohol container ban.
Not only has Montana been voted one of the most boring states in America, but it’s also among the worst in terms of DUI statistics. This is no secret. It’s been that way for several years. How the hell would lifting the open container ban actually improve this? One of the arguments against it was that it might tempt the driver. This was the response.“That’s like saying (designated drivers) shouldn’t go to bars in case they’re tempted to have a drink. Where is the self-responsibility? This isn’t allowing for people to drink and drive, it’s allowing a passenger to have a beer.” While the bill is designed to allow passengers to have a beer, we all damn well know the driver in many cases probably would too. In state that has proven time and time again that they are irresponsible in DUI related incidents, why would I believe otherwise? Also, if your designated driver starts drinking at the bar, he/she still has a chance to realize on their own that they shouldn’t be drinking and might tell others that they screwed up & need to find another way home. If you are already behind the wheel, it might be too late.
Since they rank among the worst in DUI statistics with a few other states, maybe these lawmakers are now choosing to embrace and be competitive about it by blowing these other states out of the water. At least that would make Montana first in something for a change!
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