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Malloy: Drunk Driving Concerns Overstated; Plan Will Allow Gas Stations to Sell Alcohol [POLL]

While opponents of Gov. Dannel Malloy's plan say that drunken driving will rise if gas stations can sell booze, the governor pointed out that most people already get to liquor stores by driving.

 

Package stores -- and at least one lawmaker -- railed against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to allow gas stations to sell alcohol. They claim drunk driving will rise if this is allowed.

Malloy said the argument is being raised as a way defeat the "pro-consumer aspects" of his proposal.

In February, Malloy toured  in Orange to . A television reporter asked Malloy specifically about the potential danger of having gas stations sell alcohol.

"Can we just stop for a second?" Malloy said. "How do you think most people get to a liquor store?"

“Well I’m sure they drive there,” said the reporter.

Malloy replied: "So obviously if they’re driving already it really is much the same, but people are using an argument to try to defeat the modernization and the pro-consumer aspects of what we’re proposing."

According to the Hartford Courant, Sen. Edith Prague, a Democrat, is in strong opposition to allowing gas stations to sell beer.

"I think that is outrageous, especially if they sell gas,'' Prague told the newspaper. "This bill, for me, is a total outrage -- after all these years of us trying to curb drunk driving. … It concerns me that people driving in to get gas can run in and get a six-pack. The bill is a disaster.''

Malloy's plan includes a variety of sweeping changes, such as allowing Sunday sales, removing price controls, capping the number of wine and liquor stores with a medallion system and permitting those stores to sell food. The governor said he hopes to make Connecticut more competitive with neighboring states.

Sue March 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM
After being seriously injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers, I can still say that it is naive to think stopping gas stations from selling the same items businesses around them sell will stop drunk driving. I am more terrified of being on the road with cell phone talkers, texters, and the guy I see in the morning on my way to work who has his laptop propped up on his steering wheel as he weaves erratically across the lanes and shoulders on Rt 84, never mind the diaper changer, the newpaper reader (again on the steering wheel) and other multi-taskers.
Woodbury Connecticut March 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Irresponsible. If it results in even one more accident, that's one too many.
Sue March 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Ridiculous. They will buy it next door, "Woodbury Connecticut." You are embarrassing.

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