Alcohol Blue Laws Don’t Save Lives

Abolition of the Blue Law in New Mexico that had prevented the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages on Sundays was followed by a drop in both alcohol-related traffic crashes on  and  in alcohol-related traffic fatalities on  that day of the week.

Consider the facts:

A number of states have abolished their blue laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The result? “The states that have enacted Sunday sales laws report increases in revenues but no increases in drunk driving or underage drinking.” Sunday alcohol sales appear to be a win-win situation.

Permitting the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the second busiest shopping day of the week, increases tax revenues, but doesn’t increase either drunk driving or underage drinking.

Blue laws don’t save laws.

 

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