On January 15, 2008, a beach booze ban went into effect that our car accident lawyers thought was a smart way to prevent drunk driving and other alcohol-related personal injuries.

“Floatopia,” a water event using offshore inner tubes, created one way to dodge that ban and enjoy drinks outside.  KSWB Fox-5 reports that now several citizens are attempting to put a similar ban on a Pacific Beach park to prevent drunk driving, loud noise and piles of trash.

Residents near Kate Sessions Park upset alcohol ban was not passed.

On May 20, 2010, residents living by Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach were disappointed after city officials denied a request to place an alcohol ban at the park to attempt to prevent are groups of visitors from drunk driving.

According to resident testimony, the Floatopia-esque problems that once plagued local beaches spread to Kate Sessions Park in the summer of 2009.  Since the ban, patrons who wanted to drink at the beach or near the beach have moved to the park, creating a stalemate between residents and those who want to crack open a cold one.

“The traffic that created a riot that resulted in prop D has moved ten blocks inward,” a resident told city officials at the meeting.  “It comes right to this little park that cannot handle the traffic.”

Several community groups, including the Pacific Beach Planning Group, desired to change the current 12-hour ban of alcohol at Kate Sessions Park to a complete outlawing of alcohol on park grounds.  One board member made a motion to ban alcohol on weekends, city holidays and federal holidays.  A total ban on kegs and house furniture was also motioned, but all of these motions failed.

At the end of the meeting, San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Board simply asked both sides of the issue to make a compromise.  Some made notions they would take their fight to higher offices, and others cheered for the possibility to find a middle ground between the two parties.

“I think it is great.  We need to work at a compromise,” said another Pacific Beach resident told KSWB.  “The problem is kegs.  If you ban kegs then the people are going to just use six packs or bring coolers with cans of beer.”

Banning kegs could ease up on the potential for binge drinking, but our car accident lawyers in San Diego still believe the potential for drunk driving is still possible because either way you look at it, alcohol is still being consumed.

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