The sensible decision to have more rangers on patrol during holidays is a much more appropriate response to the abuse of alcohol than a banning of it, which hurts those who don’t abuse it.
While banning alcohol on a permanent basis from restricted public access settings, such as elementary and high schools, certainly appears appropriate; banning it on selective days from full public access areas does not appear to be.
Parkway alcohol ban still at water's edge -- for now
Holiday drinking along the American River shore is barred, but the prohibition is unlikely to be extended to those on rafts before the Memorial Day weekend.
By Ed Fletcher - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, May 24, 2007
Sacramento County's effort to ban alcoholic beverages anywhere along the American River Parkway for this Memorial Day weekend remains a work in progress.
The county's 2006 ordinance making it illegal to drink alcohol or carry open alcoholic beverage containers along the shores of the river during summer holiday weekends still is in effect.
But a proposed state law making it illegal to drink beer or liquor in a non-motorized vessel on that stretch of river for this Saturday, Sunday and Monday is still making its way through the legislative process.