Alcohol laws in Indiana could change

Alcohol laws in Indiana could be changing. Senator Ron Alting authored two bills. Full Story
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Tony

Plymouth, IN

#1 Jan 26, 2009
I think its a shame that so many people are dying from Alcohol related accidents and alcohol poisoning and Alting wants to make more alcohol available,,WOW Why not work on getting marijuana decriminalized? Theres not been one case, NOT ONE of someone overdosing on marijuana,how many people in Indiana has died from alcohol poisoning? ALOT
Heather McCullough

United States

#2 Jan 26, 2009
This is absolutely ridiculous! Sunday should be a day of rest. In other words take the darn day off! Spend some good quality time with the family or friends. Maybe go to church or what ever! Seriously? People like SLEEP!!! If people think I'm kind of pi**ed off then your wrong! I'm not kind of pi**ed- I am!! Lol. But still... it's just wrong.
Heather McCullough

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2009
Tony wrote:
I think its a shame that so many people are dying from Alcohol related accidents and alcohol poisoning and Alting wants to make more alcohol available,,WOW Why not work on getting marijuana decriminalized? Theres not been one case, NOT ONE of someone overdosing on marijuana,how many people in Indiana has died from alcohol poisoning? ALOT
I agree...alot of people, not in just Indiana, has died from alcohol poisoning. My friend Myrah died from it last year. It's a total outrage that Alting is doing this. And plus teens and other adults have been killed/killed or seriously injured other drivers or pedestrians. A mother was drunk and her little boys were in the truck with her. Luckily the boy was smart enough to call 911. No one got hurt, but the mom was arrested! Yeah, lets just go ahead and do pass that Alting! Let more people in Indiana DIE!!!
Christy

Aurora, IL

#4 Jan 26, 2009
Why do we need more days for people to get drunk? With all the deaths and injuries related to alcohol, why add this "New Buy Beer Day." As far as people who want to drink on Sunday, they can easily buy it anytime during the week and "save" it for Sunday if they need to. To me, this is taking away from what we have always known Sundays to be; they are for family, church for some, and rest.

I always thought the sale of alcohol was illegal on Election Day so that people would not vote when they are not thinking clearly; makes sense to me!

I think this is a ridiculous topic to even be thinking about during this economic crisis!
Hey, let's all get drunk and forget about our problems! We'll have 53 more days a year to drink our worries away! Whatever.......
grieving parent

Onalaska, WA

#5 Jan 26, 2009
Indiana does not need to make it easier for people to get drunk. Indiana needs to toughen sentences for those who drive drunk. Indiana needs to toughen sentencing for those who kill while driving drunk. Enough of serving half of the already disgustingly low sentence. Homicide is homicide, victims are not less dead because a drunk driver killed them. And Indiana needs dram shop insurance to be made mandatory...and those who serve the drunk drivers need to be charged with aiding in homicide or bodily injury when those drunks kill and/or injure. Raise the taxes on alcohol as has been repeatedly recommended in order to reduce alcohol related crimes. So many innocent lives lost and shattered...so senseless.
Motherof 2boys

West Union, OH

#6 Jan 26, 2009
I agree this is crazy!! I can't believe they would consider a thing like this. I was the daughter of an alcoholic father and all he ever got was a slap on the wrist!!! I think you should be cracking down on these people instead of making it easier. I guess I know how this will be helping the economy, because more people will be killed so that means less jobs needed and more money to the funeral homes.....hmmm. This isn't really what I had in mind for my family.
Anon

Middleton, WI

#7 Jan 26, 2009
You're all crazy...

What is stopping anyone from buying alcohol on Saturday and drinking it on Sunday? NOTHING.

I think you all need to crawl back under your rocks and live your fantasy lives.
Larry

Saint Joseph, MI

#8 Jan 26, 2009
I agree that we do not need any more alcohol sold unless already specified by law. It seems that it defeats the purpose of saving lives with the smoke free cities!!! Alcohol related deaths go up as lung cancer from 2nd hand smoke declines. I've met Mr. Alting a couple of times and found him as a nice person and this comment is nothing personally.

But, does anyone find this comment by Mr. Alting rather biased? "I went to some area liquor stores, and those I spoke with agree that this law should be passed."?????
Common Sense

United States

#9 Jan 26, 2009
A friend of my father had an abuser teacher when he was at school, so no schools on Mondays;
Smoking causes cancer and kills people, so no smoking on Tuesdays;
Cholesterol causes heart related deceases that kill people, so letís close all McDonalds on Wednesdays;
Traffic accidents kill a lot of people, so no driving on Thursdays;
Stress causes strokes, so no working on Fridays;
Children are being kidnapped, so letís make it difficult to criminals: no children allowed out of their homes on Saturdays;
Tan centers may cause skin cancer, so letís close tanning centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
Moreover, during summer, it is prohibited to be under direct sun. I propose to close all Indianaís water parks in order to prevent people dying from skin cancer;
The list could continue foreverÖ
Why do you assume that because I can drink I will get drunk? I have been drinking alcohol during the past 20 years and not even once I got drunk. If someone wants to get drunk he will do it any day, any time.
I go to church and rest on Sunday, I spend the whole weekend with my family, and I still would love to be able to have a beer if I want.
Senator Altingís bills reflect just common sense, and I should be able to by a beer whenever I want, as you are able to drive your car whenever you want.
Mom

United States

#10 Jan 26, 2009
Well I guess the highway fatalities must be down, so we need more opportunities to market alcohol.

Can you imagine the voter issues when folks are too drunk to successfully complete their vote? I can see the lawsuits now. Hey, maybe there will be election keg parties. Free beer for votes. Seems like that has happened in the past.
Ralph

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jan 26, 2009
Anon wrote:
You're all crazy...
What is stopping anyone from buying alcohol on Saturday and drinking it on Sunday? NOTHING.
I think you all need to crawl back under your rocks and live your fantasy lives.
We do not live fantasy lives!!! You must like your alcohol a lttle to much perhaps. Love your name on the posting Anon!! Hope to see it soon as Alcohol Anon!
Ralph

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Jan 26, 2009
Ron Alting will never get my vote!!! Cheers Ron for trying to get a bill passed that could possibly deal with a Sunday fatality. You get this bill passed I hope your conscious bothers you until you try to get it reversed.
Ralph

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Jan 26, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
A friend of my father had an abuser teacher when he was at school, so no schools on Mondays;
Smoking causes cancer and kills people, so no smoking on Tuesdays;
Cholesterol causes heart related deceases that kill people, so letís close all McDonalds on Wednesdays;
Traffic accidents kill a lot of people, so no driving on Thursdays;
Stress causes strokes, so no working on Fridays;
Children are being kidnapped, so letís make it difficult to criminals: no children allowed out of their homes on Saturdays;
Tan centers may cause skin cancer, so letís close tanning centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
Moreover, during summer, it is prohibited to be under direct sun. I propose to close all Indianaís water parks in order to prevent people dying from skin cancer;
The list could continue foreverÖ
Why do you assume that because I can drink I will get drunk? I have been drinking alcohol during the past 20 years and not even once I got drunk. If someone wants to get drunk he will do it any day, any time.
I go to church and rest on Sunday, I spend the whole weekend with my family, and I still would love to be able to have a beer if I want.
Senator Altingís bills reflect just common sense, and I should be able to by a beer whenever I want, as you are able to drive your car whenever you want.
Go out to dinner to have your drink on Sunday after church.
bovinemudpie

Saint Augustine, IL

#14 Jan 26, 2009
What lobby is Alting representing?
Are you kidding

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jan 27, 2009
what do you expect when the goverment is ran by a bunch of drunks anyway
Wile E Coyote

Ludlow, MA

#17 Jan 27, 2009
If alcohol is so dangerous to buy on a sunday, what about the other 6 days. Really, people, if you believe alcohol is the root of all evil, then why don't you push for your representatives to ban it completely. Oh wait, the US ALREADY tried that. And how did that work? We ended up with organized crime.

It isn't about the sale of alcohol on any particular day, it is about personal responsibility. It is about parents taking a role in their children's lives to educated them on the responsible use of alcohol. It is about the legislature passing tough DUI laws and the police enforcing them.

With no alcohol on sunday, it is more likely a person who craves alcohol will DRIVE to a bar/restaurant to drink then DRIVE home drunk instead of buying the liquor in the store and taking it home.

Why should a business owner who sells a legal substance, be penalized from generating revenue on sunday?

For those who are casting stones about alcohol, have you ever consumed any in your lifetime? If not, then throw stones.

If I were Jewish, then should I ask my lawmakers to make bookstores stop selling bibles with the new testament on saturdays since it interferes with my beliefs?
Jamie

Middleton, WI

#18 Jan 27, 2009
Seperation of church and state people. This state is so backwards. You can go to a bar or a restaurant on Sunday, drink all you want and drive home. It would be much safer on the roads if people were allowed to buy alcohol on Sunday, take it home and drink it there. Not everyone is bible thumping, backward christians.
grieving parent

Onalaska, WA

#19 Jan 27, 2009
yes, there must be personal responsibility by those who consume alcohol. tough sanctions for any drunk driver should be the standard, including but not limited to mandatory ignition interlock for first time offenders. yet the responsibility must apply to servers, liquor license holders and the state. the antiquated law that allows servers to escape accountability by simply saying they did not know that the patron was intoxicated when they were served has to change. license holders must be held responsible when over serving results in any dui, whether or not an injury, death or crash happens. the state must prosecute ALL who are responsible.

our son's killer consumed (his responsibility) more than one and one half gallons of alcohol at an indiana bar before getting behind the wheel and taking an innocent life. he was served such a great amount of alcohol (responsibility of servers and license holder) by consuming cheap and triple sized servings. this was not by any means his first offense (responsibility of the state/courts/etc... for not enforcing more stringent sanctions for prior offenses).

in indiana had our son been molested and the offender been convicted of a B felony, the offender would at this point have to serve a longer sentence (only 1 day good time credit for each 6 days served). but his killer, convicted of a B felony, was only required to serve half (1 day credit for each day served) before additional sentence reductions were taken for education credits. sex offenders should serve longer sentences, but surely killing a child merits the same limits on sentence reductions.

much needs to change in indiana. if alcohol is to be made more available then there must also be new, tougher laws, enforcement of existing laws and zero tolerance for drunk drivers. the penalty for homicide must be the same regardless of weapon used or intoxication. murder by gun does not receive a lower sentence because the shooter was intoxicated, neither should murder by vehicle. the victims are not less dead when killed by a drunk driver.
Gloria Bol

United States

#20 Jan 27, 2009
Mr. Alting needs to read these comments...

Since: Jan 09

Cincinnati

#21 Jan 27, 2009
Ralph wrote:
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Go out to dinner to have your drink on Sunday after church.
Ralph just proved he is a moron....nicely done. Back to back posts that contradict one another. Not a lot of thinking going on here.

The point of this, every time it comes up, is about personal freedom and the removal of gov't from our lives. Alcohol on Sunday, Cafe standards on cars, gun laws, nationalized healthcare, and Gov't directed stimulus is destroying America. We don't need the Gov't telling us what, when, and how we should do anything....those in favor of these types of policies are supporting stripping personal freedoms and limiting liberty.

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