- Three young men died in a horrific car wreck in the cottage country north of Toronto last summer. The fourth passenger, a young woman, survived (story).
- The vehicle's occupants had just had lunch at a golf course bar.
- Forensic tests later determined alcohol was a factor in the crash.
I know it's considered de rigeur these days to place the onus for monitoring alcohol consumption on the establishments that serve said alcohol. I know it's fashionable to subsequently charge and/or sue said establishments if - oops, when - sauced customers get behind the wheel and kill/maim themselves or others. But fashion's never been my thing, and this is one trend that'll get us into even more trouble.
See, it shifts accountability away from those who make the conscious decision to drink. And then, conceiveably, drive. It makes it easy for them or their estates to blame someone else.
It should be quite simple: If you choose to drink and drive and then subsequently pile your vehicle into a river, a hydro pole, a pedestrian, whatever, the only moron responsible for the outcome is you. Any other legal treatment of behaviors like this makes it that much easier for even more doofii like you to perpetuate the carnage and subsequently think you can lay it on someone else's shoulders.
This was doutbless an awful tragedy that has left permanent wreckage in its wake for too many people to count. But it wasn't an accident. And sadly, the person who chose to drive died along with two of his buddies. While laying blame at the feet of others does nothing to change the outcome, it lays the groundwork for other potential time bombs to end up in a river somewhere because they think it's someone else's responsibility to keep them in check.
One shudders to think how much more fair society would be if people simply took accountability for their actions. We can always dream, eh?
Your turn: Thoughts?