Drink driving

Title: Did Liberalising English and Welsh Bar Hours Cause Traffic Accidents?

Organisation: Lancaster University Management School
Date uploaded: 2nd September 2013
Date published/launched: August 2013

This report shows that one consequence of the liberalization of drinking hours was a decrease in traffic accidents. This decrease is concentrated heavily among younger drivers.

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Legal bar closing times in England and Wales have historically been early and uniform.
Legislation in 2005 liberalised closing times with the object of reducing social problems
thought to be associated with drinking to "beat the clock".

This report shows that one consequence of this liberalization was a decrease in traffic accidents. This decrease is concentrated heavily among younger drivers.

Moreover, the study provides evidence that the effect was most pronounced in the hours of the week directly affected by the liberalization; late nights and early mornings on weekends. This evidence survives a series of robustness checks and suggests at least one socially positive consequence of expanding bar hours.

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Dr Colin Green

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