Time to End Drive-Through Alcohol?

By Bryan Le 07/12/12

After a horrific car accident in Texas is attributed to booze bought at a drive-through store, some Marylanders aim to ban such sales.

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Drive-through restaurants, drive-through banking, drive-through pharmacies... What's next, drive-through alcohol? Actually, it's been happening in Maryland—and a few other states—for years. But calls to ban the practice have followed a Texas drunk driving incident that killed one and paralyzed another. The driver had a .20 BAC—more than double the legal limit—some of which was due to a drive-through alcohol purchase. While some think combining the concepts of drive-through and booze is convenient, it might well send shivers down others' spines. “On the go” Maryland mom Betsy Matthews takes the former view: "If we want a snack or a soda, I don't have to stop at a store and get my son out," she says. "What's the difference between getting out of the car and going into a store and buying [alcohol] and then getting in and driving off?" Jigar Dave, the proprietor of Beer-n-Soda, which sells alcohol on a drive-through basis, thinks that resisting the urge to crack into a fresh one is on the driver. "The responsibility is on the citizen," he says. "Business is business. That's all I have to say and we make our living on the business." True to his word, he refuses The Fix any further comment. Seven Maryland counties currently ban drive-through alcohol sales. Over the past 15 years there have been three other attempts by safety advocates to ban the practice—all have failed.

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter

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