According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) dry counties in Texas have on average 357.89% more alcohol-related traffic fatalities than wet counties. Speculation is that the reason for this is that just because a particular location does not sell alcoholic beverage, it does not mean that local residents will not drink. In fact, it creates a significantly worse situation; they will just do their drinking somewhere else where it is legal… Then make the reckless decision to drive home afterwards. Since they are often driving a considerable distance, it is far more likely that a serious accident will occur.
Fortunately, there are no completely dry counties within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The three closest dry counties are actually Throckmorton, Delta and Franklin – all of which are more than a hundred miles away from downtown Fort Worth. (Information provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, understood to be correct as of December 2011).
Here is a complete list of other dry counties in Texas:
Despite the fact that there are no completely dry counties within the DFW area, there are a large number of dry cities or cities where the sale of alcohol to be consumed off-premises is restricted. Based on the reasoning outlined above, it can be assumed that drunk driver accidents are more likely to occur in these areas.
As a public service, the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Anderson Law have put together a comprehensive list of all dry cities and cities which restrict off-premises alcohol sales throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
Click on the county to learn more information:
- Collin County
- Dallas County
- Denton County
- Ellis County
- Hood County
- Hunt County
- Johnson County
- Kaufman County
- Parker County
- Rockwall County
- Tarrant County
- Wise County
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