|Re: Lewisville Council Passes Smoking Ban; Restaurants, H...|
Poster: Runfellow Posted: 2012/7/3 16:42:12
"Patrols are out there looking specifically for that offense. When you have focused patrol officers, who are constantly aware of that, you're going to have more offenses," Powell said. "We don't think there's necessarily more offenses of DWI, people are just being caught more."
I'm not getting your point, I suppose. Are you legitimately trying to make the case that we should go back to being a "dry" city, or are you making a slippery slope argument against the smoking ordinance?
If it's the former, your argument doesn't hold water. Multiple studies have been conducted that all reject the claims that wet laws lead to more DUI/DWIs. It's possible you could make the case that selling "hard" alcohol leads to more problems, but we don't have that.
If it's the latter, it's not even remotely close to a fair comparison. In the first place, there is already a law for driving while intoxicated. There is no law, however, for hurting someone through secondhand smoke, primarily because it wouldn't be pragmatic to create one. A waiter's liver will not fail because he/she served alcohol.
P.S. I'm also wondering what increased ID theft has to do with alcohol laws. Are drunk people going out and stealing Social Security numbers?