Editorial: A drink on the highway

There’s only one place in the state highway system where you can stop and buy a state-approved cool beer or relaxing glass of wine before returning to the driver’s seat.

That, of course, would be the Washington State Ferries, which has resumed food service in ferry galleys after a long delay caused by poor management and union politics. It’s great to have the food back, but many teetotalers and highway safety promoters still wonder why the state has to make alcoholic beverages available on the ferries. It would make just as much sense to place state watering holes at all the highway rest stops.

The answer, of course, is revenue, but it’s still tacky for the state to promote driving under the influence by serving alcohol on the ferries, which are part of the highway system. Whidbey Islanders really don’t want tourists to down a few beers before heading out to enjoy out scenery. It’s hard enough for bicyclists and joggers to avoid the sober drivers.

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