posted on Aug, 20 2010 @ 05:41 PM
*Please before you comment read the entire OP*
Just to clear the air:
I am what some people would call an alcoholic. I can count on both hands with fingers to spare how many days in the last 18 years I have gone
completely without, and most of those were days in the hospital for my neck surgery. I am not bragging, I am not proud of it,I am telling you a fact,
in order for you to understand how I have developed my point of view on this matter.
I have always worked manual labor jobs, honest work that makes you sweat. While I worked at the moving company my boss ( an old friend) would pick
me up in the morning and drop me home after work. Moving furniture is a long days work, especially a load and deliver, and even though I am an
alcoholic, I Have never drank before or on the job. I would Never risk my safety or the safety of others holding the other end of a peice of furniture
headed up a flight of stairs.I would wait until the ride home, often times we would not get back to the shop until 730 or 8 o'clock at night. We
would park the straight-truck in the yard and get into his personal vehicle.On the way home we normally stopped at the convenience store down the
street from the shop and I would pick up a 12 pack and would slug back a bottle of beer or two, And he would slug back a bottle of gatorade before We
would get too my house ... He Always drove, and Never drinks.
The point is if we would have gotten pulled over this friend of mine would have gotten a citation for open alcohol container, One stipulation he made
was if that ever happened i would pay the fine.I agreed, I think thats fair. Well we never did get pulled over ( he drives for a living and was very
cautious). Am I the only one who finds fault with this law? surely an adult who worked 10-12 hours that day, who is not driving should have the right
to pound a beer or two on the ride home?
Why is it illegal to have an open alcohol container in an automobile? Well just in phrasing it that way it implies the driver is drinking and/or
intoxicated. Which is not always the case. so lets refine that question a bit...
So I ask you all, If they are not impairing or interfering with the drivers ability to control the vehicle and the operater is completely sober, do
you think it should be illegal for a passenger in an automobile to consume an alcoholic beverage?
I understand that some people will say why not just wait until you get home. That however is not the debate here, in my opinion it is about having the
option to do so.
I look forward to hearing your opinions.
*I am not advocating drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated is not only careless, I myself consider it malicious. That is not what this is about.
Many years ago I lost One of my best friends and three close friends to one dreadfull accident involving a DWI*
-Please do not Drink and Drive-
Mods if this is not the correct forum please move, thanks in advance.