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April 18, 2005

Drinking and Driving Soon to be Illegal

...in Montana.

Okay, I just assumed that it was illegal everywhere. But, apparently, it isn't. But it seems that it will be come October:

This spring's second insult to freedom-loving cowboy types was graver yet, although its implications might be hard to fathom for non-Montanans. The state's drivers, as of October, will not be allowed to drink alcohol in their vehicles. Outsiders may find this development astonishing. Drinking and driving was legal in Montana? Yes. And not only legal but rather popular. In a state that measures more than 700 miles from its southeast to northwest corners and where most of those miles consist of empty highway enlivened only by blowing tumbleweeds and the occasional bloated mule-deer corpse, a cold can of beer was viewed by some as a necessary, invigorating diversion.

That's from a Time Magazine article titled, "Why Montana is Turning Blue".

One very refreshing bit of subtext in that article is that losing freedom goes hand in hand with an increase in Democrats:

The biggest changes came just this month, however. First, in a frontal assault on the state's image as a vast frontier-era saloon where a person is free to lose his life to vice as long as he doesn't take other people with him, the legislature prohibited smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants.

That, my friends, is the essence of freedom: a person is free to lose his life to vice as long as he doesn't take any other people (or their money) with him. And that freedom is going away, primarily because of the "blue" folks.

It's nice to see Time Magazine get that right.

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Posted by: amanda at March 23, 2007 07:45 AM

hi now i just got a male baby veild chameleon, now he eats well, alows me to hold him but im not if he drink ive tryied diffrent ways i spay his tank like 4 times a day to keep moisture in there on the leavs, but i havnt seen him drink, his skin is tight. also when he breaths some what hard i can see his tiny little rips is that bad when i bought him he was like that.. please i need help i dont want anything bad to happen to sherlock, thank you so much

Posted by: karamina at March 23, 2007 04:04 PM

Heya.. (Montanan here) Drinking and driving was never legal here in that you could not have a blood alcohol level above a certain point and operate a vehicle. What did change recently was open container laws. Before you could drive down the highway with an open beer and provided that you were below the legal limit, you wouldn't be fined or arrested. That's since changed.

Posted by: Kevin at October 9, 2007 01:54 PM

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