Researchers at the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest analyzed alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes that occurred in New Mexico between July 1, 1990, and June 30, 2000, to:
- Estimate the effects of a 1995 law legalizing Sunday packaged alcohol sales on alcohol-related motor vehicle crash rates and fatalities in New Mexico.
- Determine the extent to which demographic and geographic patterns moderate the effects of Sunday sales on crash and fatality rates.
- Both alcohol-related crashes and alcohol-related crash fatalities occurring between noon on Sunday and noon on Monday increased (by 29 and 42%, respectively) after the 1995 law allowed packaged alcohol to be sold on Sundays.
- Counties whose largest communities exercised the legislative option to disallow Sunday packaged alcohol sales had the lowest relative increase in alcohol-related crashes on Sundays.