If you are a runner, dog walker, or like to go for casual strolls on our state roads, you might notice that ever few feet along the road you will find an empty liquor bottle. No, not a large bottle, a very very small one, about 50 ml. While the litter is a concern what should also be noted is the location of the litter and the source; it was most likely tossed there by the driver of a vehicle moving anywhere from thirty to sixty miles per hour.
Again, you are running, walking your dog, or going for a casual stroll alongside vehicles weighting two tons going thirty to sixty miles per hour driven by someone with a considerable consumption of alcohol.
What is the purpose of a nip? I suppose if one wants to drink alcohol and drive, a nip provides the perfect size. To lessen the risk of getting caught with an open container, each container is portioned to be emptied in one sitting and easily tossed out the window of a car. Try that with a fifth of vodka or a pint of bourbon and see what I mean. On second thought, please do not try that.
Is there another purpose for a nip? Okay, sure, they are handy in airline travel for the flight attendants to serve us, but I can’t seem to think of another purpose for a nip, other than to make it easier for citizens to drink and drive. Given that, is there any reason our state legislators can’t ban the sale of nips? I mean, who is going to protest that other than the wealthy liquor companies that might withhold campaign donations?
Before anyone suggest a five cent deposit on nips, let me explain. If anyone wants to drive and drink alcohol at the same time, the loss of a nickel as they toss the empty vodka nip from the window of their speeding vehicle is probably not a concern.
I’d like to take this opportunity to ask any of our state representatives of senator or maybe even our governor to weigh in on this. Thanks in advance,