Alcohol Tax and Drunk Driving
In Baltimore, Maryland, increased alcohol tax has been shown to reduce drunk driving. Fatalities increased nationally in 2015 to 2016 due to the improved economy in which people drove more and had more disposable income. After the alcohol tax stated in 2011, alcohol-related crashes in which people were killed or hurt dropped an annual rate of 6%. Researchers even saw a 12 percent drop for drivers age 15-34 indicating that young drivers are becoming more price-sensitive.
Sales taxes may make customers more aware of the price increase because they can visually see what is added at the register. The increase in sales tax has raised about $70 million a year for health and education programs.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been pursuing ignition locks as a prevention measure for convicted drunk drivers from starting their cars if they have been drinking. Maryland joined 27 other states in passing such a law last year requiring all offenders to install ignition locks . In contrast to the other states, Georgia requires ignition locks for second and subsequent offenders on probation. Since 2015, ignition locks have prevented 15,250 drunk driving cases in Georgia. It is imperative for Georgia to improve their ignition interlock law to include all offenders, create indigent funds so poor ignition lock users have access to these devices, and advertise the ignition lock law during twice yearly federally funded crackdowns on drunk driving.