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Could carry-out alcohol sales lead to an increase in Florida drunk driving crashes?

During the early part of 2020, Florida took a revolutionary step in its efforts to shore up the state’s struggling restaurant industry by allowing alcohol sales in both take-out and delivery orders.

Now, many would like to see the temporary orders put in place by Governor Ron DeSantis become permanent. The state’s Senate Regulated Industries Committee has already advanced a bill forward for approval with enthusiasm.

Could delivery and carry-out alcohol sales lead to temptation?

Not everyone is equally thrilled with the idea of the new law, however. Even though the law would require containers with alcohol to be sealed and placed in either a locked compartment or the vehicle’s backseat, there’s a distinct possibility that someone may decide to indulge while they’re behind the wheel.

As one person put it, “It’s too tempting, I think.” Others say that the new rule is merely akin to picking up liquor at a liquor store or a case of beer from the corner market.

Still, it’s difficult to deny the fact that the law has long specifically forbidden “open containers” of alcohol in moving vehicles just to avoid the possibility that a driver won’t strictly observe the “wait until you get home” rule.

When you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, what are your options?

The police and the criminal courts can deal with the social issues presented by a drunk driver who causes an accident. Victims of drunk driving accidents, however, need to turn to personal injury claims to get some measure of justice. If you or your loved one suffered from a drunk driver’s negligent actions, find out more about your right to compensation.



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