Comment 60840

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 09, 2011 at 13:19:02

First off, for all the inherent dangers of cars, drunk driving is pretty unforgivable in my books. I've seen it go wrong enough times to know that I never want to be "that guy" (to say nothing of his victims).

That being said - we can't exactly be surprised. A huge chunk of our city is relatively unreachable by transit at the hours people tend to finish their drinking (and many of our neighbours are far worse). Cab rides aren't cheap if you're going a distance and/or alone, and while a long drunken stumble home might be something I enjoy, I can understand why people don't want to walk an hour in the cold, alone and impaired. Drinking, for our culture (and most subcultues within it) is one of our most important social rituals (and business ventures), yet we don't really put much though into how people are getting home if they're NOT driving.

My point, I suppose, is that until it's safe, cheap and easy to get home from the bar, people will keep driving. A city planned for cars is a city planned for drunk driving. Just look at the massive parking lots which accompany Hess Village.

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