Posted by Some Guy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
If the police have enough free time to create criminals to punish, perhaps we don't need so many police. Maybe it's time to cut their budget and put more money into community services that actually help people.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2013 at 11:59 am Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Considering the potential consequences of alcohol consumption by teens this is a very good use of police resources:
"On average, it is estimated that more than 3,000 teenagers die every year as a result of injuries obtained during vehicular accidents attributed to driving under the influence. Why does this occur? Oftentimes, teens pressure each other into drinking and driving. Responsible parents would not allow their children to drink at home, so teens resort to drinking in neighborhood hangouts and parties. Inexperienced with alcohol, they consume more than they should and intoxicate themselves before driving home.
Alcohol is the most abused drug among teenagers. Nearly 70% of teenagers at one point or another have consumed an alcoholic beverage, whether it is a beer, glass of wine, or hard liquor. It is also one of the easiest to obtain. Nearly every supermarket in the country carries one kind of alcoholic beverage. While it is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages to minors, there are irresponsible people who do just so.
Who are the most dangerous drivers? Apparently, 18 year olds have the highest crash rate in the nation. Teenagers feel like they are indestructable. Mix that with alcohol and they make up ingredients for disaster. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number one cause of death among 15-20 year olds is car accidents. Twenty-eight percent of teens killed in car accidents had been consuming alcohol while driving an automobile. It does not take super intelligence to know that teen drinking and driving accidents are very serious and often result in fatalities ."
Posted by Wrong service, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Gang suppression and traffic enforcement would be a better use of resources instead of the Ordinary Joe getting caught up in a confidence scheme, put on the police. Using private property and a decoy makes the public distrust the police even more. Put up a sobriety checkpoint outside a Stanford Game. Wrong type of drag net here.
Posted by Mom of teens, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Sorry, this is a pathetic use of public money.
I imagine the scenario is something like this: an attractive, well-dressed older teen approaches someone who seems to be down on his/her luck. Explains that s/he just moved here from Europe, where the legal age is 18, has an urgent need for a bottle of wine ("mom is hosting a party for her boss and she realized she needed this at the last minute, and I didn't realize I wasn't legal!") and throws in some money to sweeten the pot.
Does anyone really believe that this carefully-staged charade prevents one single teen death?
If the police really want to reduce the level of accidents and death, they could spend their time hanging out in our neighborhoods ticketing reckless drivers and speed demons. Not as dramatic as putting on a little play outside a liquor store, but far more effective.