Increase in Alcohol Tax Could Prevent DUIs and Crash Fatalities

Maryland alcohol taxes have not been raised in the past 50 years. The current alcohol excise taxes on alcohol in Maryland are less than a penny for one beer and less than two cents for wine or spirits. To some, this is an outrage as well as a cause for many health and crime issues in the state.

In a report entitled The Effects of Alcohol Excise Tax Increase on Public Health in Maryland by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, alcohol use is responsible for 1,278 deaths and 7,470 violent crimes in Maryland each year. The report continues to describe the negative effects of alcohol on Maryland residents, including the relatively high number of people addicted to or abusing alcohol.

As a result of such high statistics, many Maryland residents feel that an alcohol excise tax would lower alcohol consumption as well as prevent alcohol-related motor vehicle crash deaths. The report supports this query, indicating that motor vehicle fatalities would decline by seven percent, if the alcohol excise tax increased by ten cents per ounce.

Although no lawmakers have publicly proposed a tax increase, there is always a possibility. Police and officials have begun to crack down on DUI offenders. A test showing less than the legal limit could garner a criminal charge of driving while impaired (DWI).

If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI offense, understand that you are innocent until proven guilty. You may want to seek counsel from an experienced Maryland drunk driving defense attorney who can help you keep your license and your job. Contact the skilled criminal defense attorneys in Maryland at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for a free and comprehensive evaluation of your case. Call 1-301-262-7005 or 1-866-444-6363 today.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.