One of the reasons so many people are charged with drunk driving is that they go out for the night and then get behind the wheel. Perhaps if people were able to socialize at home, they wouldn’t risk going out after drinking one too many shots.
This past week in Georgia, the House passed a new bill that will allow for home delivery of beer and wine. House Bill 879 has been passed by the house and will be sent on to the State Senate for a vote. The first step passed on March 10, 2020. The Senate vote will take place by April 3, 2020.
The new bill will allow people to order beer and wine from their local vendors. It does not apply to liquor. If you want to buy hard alcohol, you still have to do that in person. It also requires that people show identification upon delivery. This is to ensure that people under 21 do not buy alcohol.
The bill will also allow people to buy beer and wine from apps like Minibar. This is almost like a food delivery system, but for alcohol. Georgia has recently passed other legislation extending the hours that stores and restaurants can sell alcohol. And, the state is far behind a lot of other states that already allow for home delivery of alcohol.
One of the purposes of the bill is to make things more convenient for consumers. But a side effect may be fewer people drinking and driving.
It is expected that the April 3 vote may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will be provided by the State lawmakers over the next few weeks. If you have any questions about a DUI charge, feel free to contact our office.