Malloy: Drunk Driving Concerns Overstated

While opponents of the plan say that drunken driving will rise if gas stations can sell booze, the governor pointed out that most people already get to liquor stores by driving.

Package stores – and at least one lawmaker - railed against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to allow gas stations to sell alcohol. They claim drunk driving would rise if this was allowed.

Malloy says the argument is being raised as a way defeat the "pro-consumer aspects" of his proposal.

In February, Malloy toured  in Orange to . A television reporter asked Malloy specifically about the potential danger of having gas stations sell alcohol.

"Can we just stop for a second. How do you think most people get to a liquor store?" Malloy asked.

“Well I’m sure they drive there,” said the reporter.

Malloy replied, “So obviously if they’re driving already it really is much the same, but people are using an argument to try to defeat the modernization and the pro-consumer aspects of what we’re proposing.”

According to the Hartford Courant, Sen. Edith Prague, a Democrat, is in strong opposition to allowing gas stations to sell beer.

"I think that is outrageous, especially if they sell gas,'' Prague told the newspaper. "This bill, for me, is a total outrage — after all these years of us trying to curb drunk driving. … It concerns me that people driving in to get gas can run in and get a six-pack. The bill is a disaster.''

Malloy's plan includes a variety of sweeping changes, such as allowing Sunday sales, removing price controls, capping the number of wine and liquor stores with a medallion system and permitting those stores to sell food. The governor said he hopes to make Connecticut more competitive with neighboring states.

Paul Improta March 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The only way to make CT "pro business" is to tear it up and start over. Start with the Governor's office and then work your way through the legislature.
Swami March 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Paul, sounds like you really miss the days of "Honest John", he was pro business (his own). In the first year of Rowland's third term (2003), rumors began circulating that contractors doing business with the state paid for and made improvements to his weekend cottage, that he benefited improperly from the sale of a condominium in Washington, D.C. at an inflated price, that he took gifts from subordinates in state government, and that he took partial ownership in businesses immediately before they were granted state contracts. These eventually led to federal investigations and then indictments of some of Rowland's close aides, who then cooperated with federal investigators.
DAY March 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Gosh Sully, why don't you tell us about Chris Dodd now.
Alex Tytler March 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
But you can use medalions as payment for political favors. Graft is an important component of the Malloy administration.
bordwithbs March 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
We breed a finer class of corrupt politicians than in New Jersey or Illinois. Our convicted crooked elected officials get redeemed by the press, and go on to be public officials again! Shame and punishment are optional here, just ask Rowland and Dodd, Ganim and Santopietro, and....awww, uuurrrpppp!!!! I think I lost my lunch!


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