Federal tax cuts for alcohol producers will endanger lives

No one questions the dangers of drinking and driving. Although there is often argument around what the legal limits should be and who should absorb the cost of the harm resulting from alcohol-related accidents, etc., everyone seems to understand that drunk driving is dangerous for everyone.

So, what do tax cuts have to do with any of this?

In a recent report from Adam Looney at Brookings, these tax cuts will significantly increase instances of fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents.

Looney performed “detailed empirical studies measuring the link between alcohol taxes and alcohol-related injuries” and found that “the legislation will cause between 280 and 660 additional motor vehicle deaths a year and approximately 1,550 total alcohol-related deaths annually from all causes.”

These are serious numbers.

Everyone likes to pay fewer taxes, but what if these tax cuts on alcohol producers really do increase the chances of fatal injuries from drunk-driving accidents? Looney himself acknowledges that his study doesn’t even address the other significant dangers like increased injuries caused by the increase in drunk driving.

What Do You Do?

As always, be careful out there. Driving always presents its share of dangers, but with the increase in potential drunk drivers, it is more important than ever. If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a drunk driving accident, it is important to talk with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer right away.

The Tennessee courts have recently removed some arbitrary limits on recovery for auto accident victims (read more about this legal change), so if you have been hurt, now is the time to fight back to obtain full compensation.

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