Wednesday, January 4, 2012

ATVs to Stop Underage Drinking? Really?

Police apparently have a new weapon in the perennial (and futile) crusade against "underage" drinking:  all-terrain vehicles.   Apparently raising the drinking age to 21, and the ever-toughening enforcement of this law, has (predictably) pushed teen drinking further and further into the woods than in the past, often into areas where cop cars can't enter.  But now, in some places (such as Enfield, CT) the police will use ATVs to patrol remote wooded areas to check for teen drinking parties.  No word yet on whether this has actually been successful in curbing "underage" drinking, but I think we already know the answer to that question, especially as far as 18-20 year olds are concerned.

In a word:  NO.

Instead of patrolling the woods in an attempt to ferret out "underage" drinkers, wouldn't it be better to use those resources to patrol the roads to hunt down drunk drivers of all ages?  That would save far more lives, but that would make too much sense, wouldn't it?

1 comment:

  1. Too many police officers are so ageist that they are driving ATVs to stop "underage" drinking. I use the quotes to mean people 18-20 who drink alcohol responsibly. This shows how far police officers are going to enforce an ageist law. You are correct, checking for drunk drivers make too much sense.