Well, this weekend’s little fiasco appears to be coming to a close:
The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to void the city’s “zero tolerance” drunk driving law that allowed drivers to be arrested for minor amounts of alcohol in their bloodstream.
The council voted 9-3 to pass emergency legislation to bring city laws in line with those of Virginia, Maryland and other states. Council members acted quickly after news reports highlighted a few cases where drivers were arrested after having a single glass of wine. Members said they were worried about a drop-off in business for District bars and restaurants and concerned that the city’s law was fast becoming a national joke.
So, happy hours are back on in the District again, allowing folks some security in knowing that just one beer after work will not be grounds for an arrest and the ensuing legal battle. What I found amusing about the vote was not the fact that three people objected to the rushed legislation (they at least had a point), it was that Marion Barry didn’t even bother to show up for the vote.
Oh the things I could say…I think it’d just be better to leave that one alone.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs