Don’t ban drinking while boating in Iowa

We should not try to create a society with zero tolerance for risk taking. If a particular risky behavior may endangers others, then we, as a society, must decide how much risk we will allow. Zero risk should not be the goal. Whenever anyone drives a boat, a car or even a bicycle, they risk hurting other people. Zero tolerance for risk would demand a ban on all vehicles. In the specific case of boating and drinking, just as The Register has shown on its pages, many people tie up boats in party coves and drink. That activity poses almost no risk to anyone else. If people in a boat have a designated driver, then drinking by others poses no significant risk to others. We have a law which makes if a criminal offense to drive a boat with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more. The Register’s call for an end to drinking while boating takes away the liberty of everyone in order to stop the irresponsible few. If there is a problem with driving a boat while drunk, then we need more boat police to monitor the situation, not a zero tolerance policy.

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