The Thirsty Pedaler is getting "a chilly reception" from Kentucky legislators about a proposed change in alcohol laws that would allow patrons to imbibe on board, currently not kosher with Kentucky's ban on open containers in public. Owner Scott Benningfield thinks patrons, who do not control the vehicle, should be able to consume alcohol while riding on the bike without fear of being charged with drinking in public. His proposal has met with opposition from some lawmakers, with Rep. Tom Riner (D-Louisville) saying "It undermines the thought that we are trying to instill in young people that you don't even think about drinking and driving." Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), who is working with Benningfield to revise the statutes, predicts the bill will advance despite critics. [USA Today]
by Steve Hacker
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