I get your point, but I hate to tell ya, you're wrong. The rates of DUI and deaths associated are not going to go up because the town is wet. It's always been wet, trust me, folks just went to the black market or drove north. In fact, evidence shows that DUI fatalities have tended to decrease when an area goes wet. The reason being, people can just go around the corner to get their booze, rather than have to drive several miles to get it, thus limiting the exposure to the roadways. People ARE going to get their booze, whether they go out of town, go to the bootlegger, brew their own, or....God forbid...drink mouthwash, filter rubbing alcohol, or even Aqua Velva in some instances. People WILL get their drink on.<quoted text>Yes, people have been being killed by drunk drivers for many, many years. However, making alcohol more easy available can only make the matter worse.
What was my position on DUI deaths before Somerset went wet? The same as it is now. I was against them.
The thing is, certain groups are now zeroed in and focusing on DUIs to prove their point, same as the recent bonanza of shooting death reports to get people on the gun control bandwagon. The facts are, people were always shooting people, and Somerset natives were already drinking at or around the same rate that they are now. Difference being, the town was losing money, creating an unnecessary black market (which costs money to combat, so you've essentially lost money twice), and exposing innocent drivers to people coming back from a wet town more than likely buzzed. It really makes no since to saty dry, unless you just enjoy putting up a charade.