Thoughts on the beverage ban?
Today my story ran about high school’s cracking down on underage drinking at sporting events through the use of beverage bans. Essentially, all fans are prohibited from bringing beverages into football stadiums. And yes, that includes water bottles.
I found out about the ban from an e-mail that was sent home this week to parents at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. School officials enacted the ban after several students were drinking in the bleachers during games.
In addition to Wilde Lake, Centennial High in Ellicott City has also enacted the ban. I’m now hearing that Atholton High in Columbia also has a ban.
While researching this story, I discovered that Baltimore City has a systemwide beverage ban. Harford, Carroll, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties do not.
In Harford County, high school principals observe students during games and can ask someone suspected of drinking to take a breath test. During the past three years, each high school in Harford County has been equipped with a breath alcohol tester.
I recently learned that a high school in the Midwest makes students take a breath test before allowing them entrance into school events.
What do you think about this? Are these effective ways to curb drinking at sporting events? Do you think that the beverage ban – it applies to all spectators at games – is excessive. Weigh in. I’ll be responding to comments all day.