Should Pubs, Bars, and Drinking Establishments be allowed to have parking spots at all?
Everyone has to park their vehicle; but why are they allowed to do so to merely consume alcoholic beverages, and then expect to drive immediately afterwards?
Overnight and extended-hours parking should then be an option, to allow the drinkers to not get a parking ticket while they responsibly sober up to below the legal limit.
What is a feasible solution for the obvious enabling of drinking drivers, "entrapment" by police, and to generally help all parties - Business, Patron, Driver, and the Public in the risk area of drinking establishments? SHOULD Bar Parking be banned altogether, or what?
You make a great point. But, These establishments pay taxes and also rent or own the parking that comes with the building. One thing is bartenders need to be more attentive to those who have had too much to drink. I think you should have to give your keys at the door and blow into a stabylizer before your keys are returned. If not then their should be a lounge where you can sit, have coffee whatever to be fit to drive. For the really bad cases I think it should be law to automatically call them a cab.
Thanks for your prompt response; you have some great ideas whose time has come - many years ago, really. This actually deserves to be credited to the astute http://mickydee.hubpages.com/, who has openly witnessed and questioned this blatant practice.
There will always be loopholes, but SOLUTIONS are what is needed. Communities have "Neighbourhood Watch", "Community Safety Zones" and the like, but truly, bars continue to pander to drinking drivers in every city, town and village, creating an unnecessarily hazard. It has become socially unacceptable to Drink & Drive, and rightly so, so why do we continue to flounder on implementing solutions that have a REAL chance of creating a successful impact?
I've never experienced entrapment by police outside of a bar.
Drinking & driving is completely legal if the alcohol consumed is under certain amounts.
There's no way to know if the cars parked in the lot are driven by people drinking a legal amount for driving; if they're the cars of designated drivers; or if they're going to be driven by people who are completely sloshed.
I've been pulled over straightway after only visiting a local Pub to use their pay-phone. I've also seen police (when I used to drive a taxi) clean only "one" headlight or taillight of certain cars in Bar parking lots - for identification blocks away
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