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Walking While Drunk

by Jerry Bader

This story struck me because I, like most people I assume, have never considered alcohol a factor in pedestrian deaths. Sure, you hear stories about people walking into rivers while intoxicated. Or maybe the occasional story of an intoxicated person injured while walking. But these numbers show a direct correlation to drunk walking and injury or death. This of course begs the question: should there be a penalty for drunken pedestrians?

Technically, there probably is. Most localities have some type of public intoxication violation on the books. But they are used so infrequently that they've practically fallen into the "stupid laws" category. And in most cases the person most likely to be harmed is the drunken walker.