The Sacramento Bee takes on this question and suggests some interesting theories. I have a feeling our readers my have a stronger opinion or two than the trolls who read the Bee. The lean with this article, however, is on drunk driving and Sacramento’s high alcohol-related accidents.
One is how easy it is get a drink. Per person, Sacramento has more groceries, drugstores and other liquor outlets to buy booze than any big city in the state, other than Bakersfield, according to state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control numbers.
Nah, I think the old “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” response applies here.
One patron, Jeremiah Harvey, a 27-year-old lawyer, said many people aren’t as afraid of getting a DUI as they used to be because the price isn’t as high. “Now, it’s going to be expensive, but it’s not going to ruin your life,” he said, sipping a bourbon at de Vere’s Irish Pub. In Sacramento County, a first-time DUI offender typically pays about $2,000 in fines and court costs, has to spend at least 48 hours on a work project and serves three years on probation.
Now we’re talking. The old “Risk/Reward” logic. Could be on to something here.
And yet another factor could be that Sacramento is the state capital, where alcohol lubricates the wheeling and dealing. Public officials sometimes set a bad example. Just since spring 2010, state Finance Director Ana Matosantos, Assemblyman Martin Garrick and then-state Sen. Roy Ashburn all pleaded no contest to driving drunk downtown.
Not bad, our culture definitely follows the “Do as I say, not as I do” approach to behavior.
So, what do you think? Like the article says, should we even admit we have a problem?