Alcohol Taxes Will Reduce Road Toll in USA
April 2, 2015 Taxation in USA
WASHINGTON D.C. – Taxes on alcohol need to be raised in the USA in order to reduce the number of death and accidents on the country’s roads.
Hikes to the rate of tax on the sale of alcohol have demonstrably reduced the number of alcohol related car crashes, according to new information released earlier this week by the University of Florida College of Medicine.
It was shown that following a hike of between USD 0.046 per gallon and USD 4.05 per gallon to the taxes on beer and spirits in Illinois in 2009, the number of alcohol related driving incidents fell by approximately 26 percent.
Further, it was shown that among young drivers the number of alcohol related incidents fell by 37 percent, while crashes involving alcohol-impaired individuals and highly drunk individuals fell by 22 percent and 25 percent respectively.
The researchers claimed that if similar tax hikes were implemented in other states in the USA, the country could see comparable falls in alcohol related traffic accidents.
Aside from taxes, it was also noted that if the effect of inflation are taken into account the price of alcohol in the USA has fallen compared to the average worker’s income, leading to a higher consumption of alcohol, and a subsequent increase in alcohol-related incidents.
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