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Restaurant Limits Moms and Dads to Just One Drinky-Drink

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There are laws in each state limiting the amount of alcohol one can consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. These limits are based on the concentration of alcohol in your body as measured by blood alcohol levels. Knowing your limit has to do with your size and, most agree, your gender. So men who weigh 200 pounds can, according to the charts, have two drinks and still be under most states' legal limits. Women should basically stick to one drink per hour.

There's a restaurant in New York that has taken the guesswork out of staying under the limit and is refusing to serve anyone dining with children more than one drinky-drink if they are the ones who will be driving.

Melisa Gravelle, general manager of Peddlers Bar & Bistro in Clifton Park, N.Y., said one alcoholic drink is plenty for anyone dining with children, and that the policy, in place since 2010, is an expression of the place's love for children.

“We love children," Gravelle told News 10. "Everybody loves children and children don’t have a voice. I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving. It’s a choice that you can avoid.”

And they're not really concerned if you don't like the rule. They apparently have the legal right to enforce their rule, and she says if you don't like it, you can go somewhere else.

In most states, driving under the influence is considered a misdemeanor—even with kids in the car. In places like New York, Tennessee and Alaska, however, it is a felony and will be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment by the arresting agency.

How does a server know who the designated driver is? Whether Mom IS planning to call an Uber?

So, what is a mother to do when her best friend calls and want’s to meet for lunch at a Mexican restaurant that serves “the best” margaritas in town?

Emerging companies like Uber and Lyft are a good start. Overcoming the humiliation of shoving a child into the backseat of an Uber because you were too drunk to drive is also a great next step.

Since most bar owners will never implement a one drink policy, moms and dads have to police themselves, which most of us do, right?

While it's refreshing to see a restaurant acknowledge kids are people who eat, too—as opposed to all the stories about places that have banned children some their booths—limiting an adult's choices could comes across as overreach. How does a server know who the designated driver is? Whether Mom IS planning to call an Uber?

Is it awesome or audacious for a restaurant to think, yeah, I'm better at caring for your kids than you?

Was driving while intoxicated with kids in the back seat a big problem in the area? One that a state's laws hadn't already covered?

It's an easy policy to enforce, apparently, though it's servers who are left to enforce it.

“They [servers] do get berated at the tables and some come back very upset,"Gravelle said, "but the managers go to the table and they explain, we’re not picking on parents, it’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help.”

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