upgrayedd Harvard Fan Further on up the road Member since Mar 2013 19156 posts
Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?(Posted by upgrayedd on 3/21/13 at 1:07 pm)
What is the thought process behind making it illegal for passengers to drink in a moving vehicle? It's not illegal to ride in a vehicle while intoxicated and there are already laws prohibiting driving while under the influence. So what is the point?
I suspect the automated cameras and administrative procedures to handle speeding, illegal turns and running stop signs is very lucrative. Do other traffic cases handled in the older manner really raise much revenue for a metroplitan area? Sure in a speed trap town they can be lucrative. But I doubt they are that efficient in cities to cover the police time, court and administrative bureaucracy.
re: Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?(Posted by Zach on 3/21/13 at 2:00 pm to upgrayedd)
Some random points...
1. Politicians are obsessed with public safety. That's why there are laws in some counties where you can't ride a bicycle without a helmet. That's why some jackass in South La. proposed a bill yesterday requiring that to purchase any handgun you had to have a gun safety class with certification.
2. In the 1950s in New Iberia it was not illegal for a man to drive a car on the weekend without a beer in his hand, but it was looked upon with great suspicion.
3. The best drunk driver I ever saw was a guy named Steve. He was a dry wall painter on our men's softball team back in the 80s. We had a tournament in East Texas. He picked me up with 3 other guys in his car at 7 a.m. Guy in the back seat said "Want a beer, Zach." I declined. Steve had 3 or 4. After game one he opened an ice chest with 10 pounds of boiled crawfish and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He ate the cold crawfish while swigging the Jack straight from the bottle. In the second game he hit 2 homers and played great in center field. He then drove us home with no swerving and no slurred speech. Some people can really handle a lot of booze.