Limiting Sale of Alcohol May Increase Drunk Driver Accidents


There are a number of cities within Wise County which restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Decatur, Lake Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, and parts of Rhome and Springtown all permit the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption but prohibit the sale of distilled spirits (or only allow the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants). No cities in Wise County completely prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption other than Boyd, which is completely dry. (Alcohol sales information is provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and is understood to be correct as of November 2011)


Although you might think that limitations on alcohol sales might help to reduce the number of drunk driver accidents, as a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer I know that is sadly not the case. In fact, studies have shown that areas which either prohibit outright or restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages actually have a higher chance of alcohol-related auto collisions occurring.


According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) dry counties have 357.89% more alcohol-related traffic fatalities than dry counties. Speculation is that the reason for this drastic difference is that just because a particular location does not sell beer, wines and spirits it does not mean the local residents will not consume it. They will just do so elsewhere, and then make the regrettable decision to drive the often significant distance home afterwards.


If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver, then Texas law gives you the right to make a claim for compensation to recover money spent on accident-related injuries, lost income and for the very real pain and suffering you have endured due to the intoxicated motorist’s recklessly negligent actions.


For more information and to discuss the details of your unique situation, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.



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