Wet or Dry? Legalize Alcohol Beverage Sales?
Whether or not to permit legal sales of alcoholic beverages may be on the ballot in Monroeville, Alabama. The mayor favors permitting alcohol sales, explaining that “we are ‘wet’ already -- we just don’t get any tax benefits from it. I just can’t see letting Monroeville stay mired in the past.”
Another public official believes permitting alcoholic beverage sales is safer than forcing residents to drive to nearby counties. This view is supported by a recent study that found alcohol-related traffic accidents are higher in dry counties. It suggests that residents in dry counties drive farther from their homes to consume alcohol, which increases the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads [see Dry County Traffic Crashes]. The official believes legal alcohol sales would also benefit the local economy while inhibiting bootlegging.
However, a local minister said he is “opposed to the election.” He seems to believe that residents shouldn’t be given an opportunity to decide the wet/dry issue democratically.
It’s often observed that the primary opponents of legalizing alcoholic beverage sales are “the preachers and the bootleggers.”
- Baggett, C. Monroeville, Jackson alcohol votes on hold. Monroe Register, 1-5-04.