Later Last Calls for Alcohol are Safer

States with later last call for alcohol hours tend to have fewer alcohol-related traffic deaths, according to data collected by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Graph: Later Last Calls for Alcohol are Safer

Apparently, a policy of later last call hours tends to keep many impaired drivers of the road until after movie-goers and others return home.


  • Halstead, Richard. Novato woman testifies at state hearing; son killed by suspected drunken driver. Marin Independent Journal, 4-20-04; also see The Last Call Act of 2004 (

Filed Under: Drinking and Driving