New Laws to Impact Alcohol Sales in Oklahoma
As of October 1st, 2018, several changes voted into law after the passage of State Question 792 will affect the sale of beer, wine, and liquor in Oklahoma. An article detailing the changes is available here.
The changes going into effect will allow consumers to purchase a larger variety of products—including stronger beer and an increased number of beverages that retailers can sell refrigerated.
The Changes in Effect
Under the revised law, liquor stores can now refrigerate both beer and wine. These same stores can also now sell beer above 8.99% alcohol-by-volume and wine above 15% alcohol-by-volume. Most retailers will be restocking existing beers currently sold at 3.2% alcohol-by-volume along with traditional-strength products.
- Gas Stations & Grocery Stores: These stores are now able to sell refrigerated beer above 3.2% alcohol-by-volume. These stores are not allowed to sell liquor.
- Convenience & Grocery Stores: These stores can—in the same fashion as liquor stores—now sell beer above 8.99% alcohol-by-volume and wine above 15% alcohol-by-volume.
- Wine & Spirits Stores: These stores are now able to sell refrigerated beer. They can also sell non-alcoholic items—provided sales do not surpass 20% of their monthly gross.
Drunk Driving Remains a Concern
While the new law may change how Oklahoma residents purchase alcohol, what has not changed is the very real dangers of driving under the influence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.8% of Oklahoma residents admit to driving after drinking too much. This is in line with the 1.9% reported nationally.
The organization also reports 2,205 people lost their lives in crashes involving drunk drivers within Oklahoma. Nationally, one in three traffic deaths involve drunk drivers.
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