I have typed this ad nauseum, but I am here in New Orleans, and I have often thought of the conflict of it all, as the bars here DO sometimes close, but there is always another open somewhere. In my former neighborhood, there was one club where the band didn't even begin to play until three a.m.
And yep, as a result, Louisiana is in the top ten for alcohol related accidents, and insurance premiums are amongst the highest in the nation as well. (And rightfully so)
But I have to argue the fact that people go to bars to simply drink. I know a number of people who go to clubs to play pool, darts, and sing karoake, and not all of them drink.
(As I age, I know many who have quit drinking due to health related issues--the ones who survived the party years of their "roaring" twenties.)
Now we have casinos to contend with as well, as you can go there, and as long as you're gambling, they will keep on bringing trays of free drinks.
But I did have an idea for a taxi service, which would involve two drivers, one to drive two drivers--one to drive the intoxicant's vehicle, and the other to drive the inebriated person home.
I even thought of a name:
I think the insurance complications might make that rather impractical, but I did recently talk to a lounge owner who was considering a bus service (mini-van).
In a town where you have "Drinkin' with Lincoln" nights, (pay five bucks and you can drink for five hours, anything you like) I believe that something ought to be done.
And yep, John, as I've have gotten older, many times I have wished ruefully to move someplace where the bars do close.
And now I have to run. There's a parade going on, and yep, there will be a slew of drinkers there, most of whom I assume drove there.
(And nod, I'm in the middle of a party as I type, and we no longer serve alcohol, but we do provide plenty of food.)
And as for parades? Shaking my head here, I went to one Friday night, and the first "throw" that I caught was a syringe filled with a "jello shot."
And yes, there IS a law against that, but nobody here seems to care.
I guess that's why they call New Orleans "the city that care forgot".
But I agree, bars and drunk driving present an incongruous situation, and I sure wish there was some middleground. Until then, beware of those who drive on it.