Cecil County’s top elected official was caught behind the wheel after having a few drinks last night, according to state police.
Tag: drunk driving
With Heather Cook’s First Parole Hearing Approaching, a Letter-Writing Effort Aims to Keep Her in Prison
Baltimoreans are reacting with surprise and anger to the possibility that former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook may be released from prison this spring, less than two years after she received a seven-year sentence for a drunk-driving hit-and-run accident that killed a Baltimore cyclist and father of two.
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states drop the drunken-driving threshold from a .08 blood-alcohol content to a .05 in an effort to reduce the number of deaths caused by drunken driving by 10 percent. For some perspective, if the recommendation were adopted, a 100-pound adult would risk exceeding the limit after a single drink and 200-pound adult after two (drunk in quick succession).
As a bar, how responsible are you for the drunken actions of the patrons you serve? That’s being considered by the Maryland Court of Appeals as it hears a case of a car crash on I-270 that occurred in 2008. A ten-year-old girl died, and her family sustained injuries, after a drunken driver rear-ended them at a speed up to 98 mph.
First of all, so I can buy a bottle of wine to have with dinner without having to go to an entirely different store. (I grew up in Virginia, and even after five years in Baltimore, this no-alcohol-in-grocery-stores thing seems barbaric to me.) But more importantly: it might save some lives.
The logic is a little complicated, so bear with me. A recent study looked at states’ rates of traffic fatalities, and compared them with rates of wine consumption. States where drinkers overwhelmingly preferred beer and spirits had more traffic fatalities than states where wine consumption was higher. This makes sense, since wine is involved in only about 10 percent of binge drinking episodes. Beer? about 66 percent.
Here’s where the grocery stores come in: in states where you can buy a nice Shiraz along with your brussel sprouts and Windex — as opposed to states, like Maryland, where you have to visit a special store — wine prices are lower and wine consumption is higher. So why not let grocery stores stock wine, and watch Maryland’s wine consumption rise and its traffic fatalities fall? Sounds win-win to me.