Clearly out of ideas on how to piss off responsible drinkers, Missouri is considering a law to curb drunk driving… suggested by the informed legislators at Jefferson Country elementary. Sploid has:
At the suggestion of a fifth-grader, Sen. Bill Alter has entered a bill that would. The idea is to lower the likelihood of folks cracking a “road brew” on the way home from the store.
“The only reason why beer would need to be cold is so that it can be consumed right away,” argues Alter, who has been a police offer for more than 20 years, said Thursday.
The bill reads (PDF) “(I)t shall be unlawful for any grocery store or convenience store … to sell or expose for sale … beer that is refrigerated below sixty degrees Fahrenheit on the premises.” Anybody not in compliance would be subject to loss of their liquor license.
More rational minded businesses aren’t enthused:
Ron Leone, of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is not thrilled about the movement. “It would be an inconvenience for law-abiding citizens who want to purchase cold beer for picnics, parties and social gatherings,” he said. “People who want to drive drunk will drive drunk anyway.”
They’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to make life annoying when they’re asking kids to propose laws. Hell, a drunk driver who really wants to sate their alcoholic thirst while on the road isn’t going to be deterred by this anyways when they can simply buy a fifth of jack, mix it with an ice-cold coke and call it good.
Update: I had this queued up to post a little later, but since Free Talk Live is currently discussing it on air (8pm til 10pm ET), I thought everyone might like to call in to them. I’ll put up a link to the podcast later.
Update the Second: Link to FTL podcast hour 1 ( ).