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Liquor Stores Continue to Experience Sales Growth

Without meaning to, liquor stores are among the few retail businesses that continue to get a boost from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most state laws on the sale of alcoholic beverages do not support direct delivery of wines and spirits to consumers, several state governments modified their laws into allowing bars, pubs, and other retailers of alcoholic beverages to do business by way of online drink delivery services.

Aren’t Alcoholic Beverages Bad?

The relaxation of some alcohol laws is quite understandable, since liquor and beer drinking are ingrained in American culture. Mainly because it is generally effective in relieving feelings of stress and anxiety.

However, laws had to be implemented as problems due to excessive alcohol consumption became prevalent, resulting in serious health disorders, irrational behaviors and other forms of mental health problems. Yet alcohol per se is not bad, because it also has health benefits. The problem is not the alcoholic substance but the tendency to be abusive or be dependent on the effects of alcohol, which in the past had often led to complex situations, or at worst, tragic outcomes.

Is DUI a Criminal Offense?

Driving a vehicle while having one drink too many is a criminal offense; a misdemeanor if one is a first time offender and a felony if one gets caught driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, repeatedly. Law enforcement authorities are strict in imposing DUI laws because countless road accidents have been caused by drunk drivers.

Needless to say car racing and alcohol drinking is not a good combination, which most race track car drivers are sensible enough to acknowledge. Yet car racing can also take illegal forms, such as drag racing and street racing.

Unfortunately, during the coronavirus lockdown, many took advantage of the empty streets and had engaged in street racing. Even more unfortunate is that they were participated in by DUI drivers, which caused serious damage not only to themselves but to others as well.

Recent Incidents of Street Car Racing Combined with Alcohol Drinking

To give an example of what happens when car drivers combine street racing and alcohol drinking, below are snippets of news of two accidents that happened recently:

In Burbank, California on January 31, 2020, rapper PnB Rock was arrested for DUI after his BMW smashed into 3 parked vehicles, as a result of a street race. Although the rapper had escaped the incident unharmed, his BMW and the three cars were all totaled, while a woman passenger in one of the parked cars was hurt.

Last May 18, 2020 in Payne County, Oklahoma, 2 DUI drivers engaged in a street race in Stillwater. Both drivers and their respective passengers who are in their 20s, were hospitalized for serious injuries sustained after their cars crashed at the intersection of Fairground Road and Airport Road. Witnesses told police that neither vehicle slowed down at the intersection; causing the vehicles to crash at embankments and careen. One was thrown in mid-air and then turned over several times when it landed. Both cars repeatedly rolled over and had pinned down passengers, causing serious injuries.

The Choices We Make: The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

alcohol and car keysWhile government agencies and volunteer activists are campaigning to schooling that the population penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol are becoming more severe in the past few decades. And yet Americans continue to take the issue to driving a car in 1 survey, around 80 percent of responders confessed.

The thing is, the Government isn’t asking you to stop drinking alcohol, it really isn’t. It merely asks that you don’t get behind the wheel after doing so. Because you’re not only putting yourself in danger, but you’re also running the risk of harming someone, even if this isn’t your intention.

The Best Solution? Education.

Part of the issue is that, despite highways patrols’ efforts, the probability of becoming arrested remain low. Why penalties aren’t enough this statistic illustrates.

Part of this solution to the rate of DWI offenders would be to educate individuals about driving a car while inebriated isn’t something to take lightly.

People appear to believe that the hazards of driving while drunk are overhyped. It’s typical that people think that should something has been done by them twice or once without any repercussions, it shouldn’t be dangerous.

The simple truth is that each and every single time you get behind a wheel while impaired, you’re currently taking a risk. It’s been estimated that one in two Americans – half of of the population – will probably be involved with an alcohol-related accident at some point in their life, in the country.

Worse, you aren’t only should you drive while impaired at all, placing yourself and your passengers at risk. Because of the streets are secure for all citizens.

50 percent of highway crashes could be prevented, if driving while impaired was completely stopped, the tradition could be removed.