Georgia Legislator Blasts Blue Laws
Puritan-era Blue laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays should be abolished says Georgia state Representative Roger Williams, chair of the House Regulated Industries Committee.
Some argue that Sunday prohibition saves lives, but Rep Williams points out that virtually every study has found no increase in alcohol-related traffic crashes or deaths after Sunday alcohol sales are permitted. He points out that alcohol-related traffic fatalities have fallen in New Mexico since the Sunday ban was lifted there over ten years ago.
An analysis of the 12 states that have abolished the Sunday sales prohibition since 2002 "shows that the repeal has been a huge success both commercially and socially. It's been a boon to for customers, and there has been no negative social impact in states that have moved to Sunday sales" of alcoholic beverages, reports the legislator.
Sunday sales provide consumer choice and convenience on Sunday, the second-busiest shopping day of the week.
Blue laws were passed during the Puritan era to impose and enforce religious dictates on the behavior of everyone.
- Williams, Hugh. Let's drink to logic -- and choice. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 2, 2008.