'The Legislature, In Their Infinite Wisdom...'

AKA the phrase you’ll never see written in an appellate decision or hear spoken out loud.

Gideon’s post about the fifth consecutive failed attempt by Connecticut’s legislature to pass an open container law got me thinking:

So, come to CT, where you can drink and drive (just not drunk and driving).

Well, in Texas we do indeed have an open container law, but we also have drive through liquor stores. Go figure. That’s got to be illegal in (most? perhaps all?) other parts of the country.


Update: A little googling and I find that Fox Noise reports that Texas is not alone. At least we were the first, and apparently the best at it. (Everything’s bigger in Texas.)

Texas boasts the most drive-thru liquor stores in the country. And despite legal controversy for drinking-and-driving-related reasons, they have also popped up in Maryland, Louisiana, Arizona and Hawaii, to name a few.

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Michael - May 7, 2008 11:44 PM

Maybe I'm just misremembering it, but I swore there were drive-in keg stores on 24th Street back when I was in grad school in the '80s, and I think New Orleans drive-by Hurricane bars are about as old as the automobile. So is this just now getting to be a big thing?

Jimbino - May 11, 2008 12:21 PM

Summer in Austin, Texas.

You get off work at 5pm, it's humid and 100 deg F. Your car is hotter than Dallas when you get in; the first thing that comes to your mind is a COLD BEER. You'd love to stop at the corner convenience store and buy a can for $1 to drink while you take the 20min drive home.

But the Texas Legislature, in all its wisdom, has passed an "open container law" that prohibits such sensible behavior. What do you do? You stop at the nearest bar, which not only sells $1 beer for $3, but has a "happy hour" margarita special: two for $3.50. So you have one, then another, ...


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