Posted in: by Anderson Injury Lawyers

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 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:

  • Andrews
  • Armstrong
  • Bailey
  • Borden
  • Collingsworth
  • Crosby
  • Delta
  • Fisher
  • Franklin
  • Gaines
  • Hemphill
  • Kent
  • Lynn
  • Martin
  • Ochiltree
  • Panola
  • Parmer
  • Roberts
  • Sherman
  • Sterling
  • Throckmorton
  • Yoakum

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 Fort Worth region.