Tuesday, October 9, 2012

As Soft Drink Companies must post calorie counts in the United States, isn't it time California made restaurants & bars post alcoholic content in beverages to help people avoid getting a DUI, attorneys ask?

Every day, Americans in California sip a bit of wine, beer or other alcohol.  Then drive.  Some do it at home, others at parties.  If served at a restaurant or bar, should that restaurant or bar post the exact alcoholic content of the beverage, DUI lawyers ask?


When stopped by police for a traffic or equipment violation, drinking drivers who otherwise are cruising along just fine are usually asked:  "What have you had to drink?"


Wouldn't it be easier, safer and most honest to be able to provide the information related by that restaurant or bar, California DUI criminal defense attorneys ask?


Why should people be put in a bad situation to guess in order to try to appease a man with a badge and gun, only to have that answer thrown back at them in a California drunk driving trial, lawyers emphasize.


Better yet, knowing what the alcohol level in every drink you have while in a public establishment allows you to track much you have had, in order to stay in a range below the legal limit (taking into account absorption and burn-off).


It's time we protect drivers who are lawfully drinking and driving below the legal DUI limit in California.


Many progressive ideas have risen over the years:


  • Tobacco companies have to disclose the dangers of smoking cigarettes on their packaging.
  • Drug companies are required to disclose the risks associated with using drugs.
  • McDonald's posts calories on the menus for the food they serve, prompting people to order small friend instead of big fries or a regular hamburger instead of quarter-pounder with cheese.
  • Next year, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper will post calorie counts next year.  This latest announcement arrives as smarter Americans read studies or listen to modern experts who point to the adverse impact of sugary drinks in the U.S.'s obesity crisis. “They’re seeing the writing on the wall and want to say that it’s corporate responsibility,” says Mike Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. President Obama’s healthcare law, upheld last summer by the Supreme Court, requires vending machine operators with more than 20 machines, to post calorie information. No timetable was set but soft drink companies apparently are posting the counts themselves.  There's limited success in posted calorie counts improving consumer choices in Philadelphia or New York, cities where such labeling is already required at chains. 
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