Consequences of the 1998 drive-up liquor window closure in New Mexico

The Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program was designed to provide support for investigators to conduct policy research on a variety of subjects directed at helping the country reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.Drive-up windows have been cited as a major contributor to drunk driving -- the rationale being that drive-up liquor windows make alcohol more accessible to minors and severe problem drinkers. Consequently, closing drive-up windows is seen by some as an important strategy for reducing driving-while-impaired (DWI) offenses. Closure of the drive-up liquor windows in New Mexico in June 1998 provides an opportunity to evaluate its public health impact. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effects of the New Mexico legislative action to close drive-up windows on: (1) the retail establishments that operated drive-up windows; (2) the spatial pattern of total crashes, alcohol-related crashes, and single vehicle nighttime crashes in New Mexico; and (3) drunk driving arrests and traffic crashes among previously arrested drunk drivers. Information provided from this study will increase knowledge regarding the contribution of drive-up liquor windows to impaired driving and alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $251,098.00

Awarded on: 9/27/1999

Time frame: 10/1/1999 - 9/30/2002

Grant Number: 37371


Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest

612 Encino Place, N.E.
Albuquerque, 87102-2602


Sandra C. Lapham
Project Director