RAJ REPORT

24 Hour Licensing Laws SAVES LIVES—–A study by Lancaster University economists found a statistically significant reduction in traffic accidents at weekends late at night and early in the morning after the Licensing Act was introduced (Green et al. 2013). The effect was seen in England and Wales, but not in Scotland (where opening hours were unaffected by the Licensing Act). The explanation for this immediate and unusually sharp decline in traffic accidents was, as the Daily Mail put it, ‘people are more likely to plan to get taxis home after a longer drinking session, rather than “drinking to beat the clock” or popping out for a ‘swift drink’ and then driving’ (Williams 2013)

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Finally, there was one surprising health benefit from the Licensing Act which was reported in the Daily Mail in 2013 under the headline ‘How late-night drinking has SAVED lives’. A study by Lancaster University economists found a statistically significant reduction in traffic accidents at weekends late at night and early in the morning after the Licensing Act was introduced (Green et al. 2013). The effect was seen in England and Wales, but not in Scotland (where opening hours were unaffected by the Licensing Act). The explanation for this immediate and unusually sharp decline in traffic accidents was, as the Daily Mail put it, ‘people are more likely to plan to get taxis home after a longer drinking session, rather than “drinking to beat the clock” or popping out for a ‘swift drink’ and then driving’ (Williams 2013)

 

 

 

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