Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is opposing a bill that would extend the closing times of bars until 4 am. They are asking for the public’s help.
The following information was taken from the CDC website
Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.
In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1
Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.1
In 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.3 That’s one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year (figure below).
Please join MADD in opposing SB 905, legislation that will extend the bar closing times for alcohol sales to 4 a.m. in some cities. This change in state law could result in an increase in drunk driving in California and is close to becoming law.
SB 905 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee this week and is pending a full Assembly vote. Passage of this bill could have far-reaching public safety implications for California. SB 905 would make it possible for establishments in different cities to have different closing times – a change in state law that could encourage people to drive from one city to the next looking for “one last drink.”
A study of 2009 drunk driving data from New York state, found that “longer outlet business hours were associated with more misdemeanor drunk driving charges… The results suggest that temporal alcohol availability may be an impelling factor for first-time drunk driving…” (Schofield and Denson, 2013)
Following the extension of hours in Ontario, Canada, a significant increase was found for alcohol-related motor vehicle casualties in the Windsor region after the drinking hours were extended. (Vingilis, McLeod, Seeley, Mann, Voas and Compton, 2006)
In 2009, San Marcos, Texas adopted an ordinance that allowed local bars to extend their hours of operation from midnight until 2 a.m. in an attempt to reduce the alcohol-related problems. Instead of a reduction, the results of research “indicate that the citywide ordinance in all likelihood exacerbated the problem, increasing the volume of calls for [police] service with respect to public intoxication in the downtown area as well as the number of driving under the influence of alcohol complaints throughout the city. (Chamlin and Scott, 2014)