The Statesman ran an article today titled "Utah's odd drinking laws under review." I'd link, but I can't find the link.
Anyway, the article reports about a review of the private club system. What struck me was the proposals by the Utah chapter of MADD. Those people are seriously crazy. Leave it up to them and Utah will be the big brother state, in the Orwellian sense, not the Morman "brethren" sense.
This is what Utah MADD proposes: 1) the state should electronically track everybody who enters a bar, regardless of age; 2) mandatory $4.00 cover to discourage bar hopping; 3) keep hotel bars out of public view; 4) ban bars from dining areas in restaurants; 5) ban bars in mixed use residential neighborhoods; 6) requiring bars to keep video surveillance tapes; and 7) bars must scan ID's and maintain name and date of birth on file for a week.
Unbelievable. Electronically track EVERYONE! How, put an ankle bracelet on every citizen? Good grief. Also, no neighborhood bars within walking distance, so you HAVE to drive to a bar.
Somebody is seriously whack.
Personally, I encourage everyone in Utah to join MADD's counter group, DAMM. Drunks Against Mad Mothers. Somebody needs to bring some sanity to the state.