Sunday Sound-off: Is the one-beer rule a good one?
Last week, Doug Hissom reported that Milwaukee Alds. Jim Bohl, Willie Hines and Michael Murphy proposed that drinkers could only purchase one beer at a time during street festivals. They also requested a ban on glass containers.
This proposal was in response to the shooting of at 18-year-old man at RiverSplash on May 31. Spectators claim there were crowds of drunken fest goers in (and around) Pere Marquette Park.
RiverSplash officially marks the beginning of festival season in Milwaukee. This was the first shooting to take place during the event.
Do you think limiting the number of beers a person can buy at one time at a street festival is a good solution, or does the problem run deeper than alcohol sales? Sound off, Milwaukee!
Yes, controlling beer purchases will help. If the License Committee approves this proposal, it will help the situation. People will not be able to drink as fast, and they will be less likely to buy beers for under-aged drinkers if they can't buy one for themselves at the same time. This might not completely erase the problem, but it will certainly help.
No, this proposal won't change a thing. If the one-drink maximum rule really goes into effect, the lines for beer will be so much longer, which will encourage people to bring in their own booze and drugs. Plus, the festival will make less money so, in the end, restricted alcohol sales could lead to the end of RiverSplash.
It's putting a band-aid on the problem... as seems to usually be the case and not just in MKE. I've been to RiverSplash every year for the past 6-7 years. I would have to agree with some of the other comments, I don't recall EVER seeing the amount of young people there, unsupervised. This is a recipie for disaster, especially if liquor is a part of the mix. At any rate, I think they need to have a greater police presence (undercover) later in the evening. They don't need to blow this TOO far out of proportion. The majority of people can and do know how to drink responsibly.
Terrible Idea. They are approaching the problem all wrong. I was at RiverSplash that fateful evening and saw more unsupervised teens and underage drinkers than ever before. Why were there underage people at a street infamous for drinking? Am I to assume they were there to enjoy the live music? Designated entrances to the Festival are a good start.
No, I think most people buy 1 beer, drink it, buy another beer, drink it, but another beer, drink it, buy another beer, drink it .... Restricting to 1 beer will not accomplish anything. Most people that more that 1 beer at time is buy a round for their group.
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