Impact or Effect of Legalizing Sunday Alcohol Sales in New Mexico

New Mexico lifted its ban (Sunday Blue Law) against packaged alcohol sales on July 1, 1995. Analyzing traffic crash data collected between January of 1990 and December of 2005 by the Division of Government Research in New Mexico, and adjusting for such factors as an increase in the state's speed limits in 1996, researchers found no increase in total alcohol-related accidents nor in alcohol-related fatal crashes on Sundays after the repeal of the ban on alcohol sales.


  • Maloney, M.T. and Rudbeck, J.C. The outcome from legalizing Sunday packaged alcohol sales on traffic accidents in New Mexico. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2009, 41(5), 1094-1098.

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