Decrease in DUI Arrests Since Privatizing Liquor

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) now has a full year of data regarding DUI and other alcohol related arrests and accidents in WA since the law change allowing liquor to be sold in private stores (grocery stores and other retailers). Read more at

According to Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center who compiled the WSP statistics, “Privatization did not improve the numbers necessarily but it didn’t make it any worse either”. The WSP’s data does show a continued improvement trend in a decrease in DUI accidents and arrests during the last year.

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