Despite state law currently prohibiting alcohol and gasoline from being sold at the same location, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is granting beer licenses to nine gas stations across the state. Governor Tom Wolf implored the PLCB to grant the licenses in an effort to “free the six-pack” and improve customer satisfaction and convenience in Pennsylvania. Exceptions to the law banning alcohol and gasoline sales at the same location have previously been made in Pennsylvania, and some gas stations and convenience stores have skirted the issue by simply separating gas and beer transactions. In February, the Supreme Court decided to hear a case that will challenge whether Pennsylvania businesses can legally sell gasoline and beer at the same site without violating state laws.
Critics of the PLCB’s decision are concerned that easy accessibility to both gas and beer at the same location could lead to an increase in drunk driving car accidents in Pennsylvania. According to the PA DUI Association, 333 people were killed and more than 7,000 others were injured in drunk driving accidents throughout the state in 2014. Alcohol-related car accidents are universally tragic and preventable.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania, call Harrisburg car accident lawyers at Moyles Law at 412-281-1055 in Pittsburgh or 717-233-5400 in the Harrisburg area, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. We have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of drunk driving accidents, and we fight aggressively to ensure that those responsible for causing drunk driving accidents are held accountable for their negligence.