29 Dec 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I ran across this story about California’s new “Brett Studebaker Law”.
Brett Studebaker was a 19 year old man, who attended his friend’s birthday party on a so-called “party bus” in Burlingame, California.
As in most American jurisdictions, the legal drinking age in California is 21.
After riding around in a “party bus”, and consuming alcohol until his Blood Alcohol Concentration was at least 0.23, he got back into his own car, drove it into a soundwall, bounced off, hit another vehicle and died.
His family has been pushing this new law, which is being promoted as necessary to close a “loophole”, that allows organizers of these “party buses” to close a blind eye to underage drinkers who bring their own alcohol aboard.
I am less than impressed.