Malcolm D. Almack
Junior Class, Palo Alto Union High School Palo Alto, California
THREE essentials are necessary to improve the effectiveness of the Prohibition Act. They are (1) better knowledge of the law, (2) greater respect for the law, and (3) better administration of the law.
People must know what a law requires before they can obey it. Every day some well meaning person is taken into court charged with breaking the traffic law. His excuse often is, "I didn't know I was violating the law. I don't want to do it. Why doesn't someone tell me what the law is?"
Many people do not know the exact provisions of the prohibition law. This statement can be tested by asking your neighbor a few simple questions such as:
Does a citizen have the right under the law to make small quantities of liquor at home for his own use?
Does he have the right to offer such liquor to his friends in his own home?
How much alcohol must be present in drink to make it prohibitive?
What is the penalty for violating the state law? The national law?
Citizens need to know the law to know their own duty in its enforcement. You see someone serving wine. Is he violating the law? Should you report him? How can you tell what your duty is if you do not know the law?
Knowledge of the law keeps many people from violating it. As long as they are ignorant of the law, they keep their consciences quiet by saying, "I don't know whether this is