Legalized Sunday Packaged Alcohol Sales and Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes and Crash Fatalities in New Mexico

This article reports on a study undertaken to determine the relative risks of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and fatalities that occurred after the state of New Mexico lifted its ban on Sunday packaged alcohol sales. The authors created a database of all alcohol-related crashes from New Mexico police reports between July 1990 and June 2000. Analysis revealed a 42% increase in alcohol-related crash fatalities on Sundays, after the ban was lifted, resulting in an excess of 41.6 fatalities. Non-fatal, alcohol-related crash rates increased 29% after the ban on Sunday packaged sales was repealed, resulting in an estimated excess of 543 crashes. The authors conclude that repealing the ban on Sunday packaged alcohol sales introduced a public health and safety hazard in New Mexico. A brief discussion of the limitations of the study is also included.

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  • Authors:
    • McMillan, Garnett P
    • Lapham, Sandra C
  • Publication Date: 2006-11


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01045329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2007 8:59PM