Keeping Philadelphia bars open later can be looked at from the positive and the negative impacts it can have, and whether or not there is common good that should prompt the decision on such a law. The state and society should look at the adverse effects of Philadelphia bars remaining open later and determine if they are worth the implications. Let us consider some obvious facts about excessive alcohol consumption as the law seeks to increase the amount of alcohol people consume on a night out.
Effects Of Alcohol & DWI In Pennsylvania
The Department of Transportation in the state of Pennsylvania reports that DWI and DUI related road accidents account for 33% of the total traffic deaths in the region. Statistics also indicate that, Pennsylvania is the 35th state in the country with a high count of fatalities that are linked to accidents in which drivers were driving while drunk as of the year 2010.
The effects of alcohol on our driving capabilities are scientifically proven and far reaching. Alcohol is a depressant, as a result, limits our ability to judge and reason in a logical manner, and slackens our reactions. It also impairs our vision and hearing, adversely affecting our sense of body coordination and balance. It goes without saying that alcohol makes us drowsy, and also causes us to lose concentration. As a result of these effects and implications, alcohol has been attributed to a huge percentage of fatal accidents on roads all over the world.
Here are more effects alcohol has when driving under the influence:
- People who have been drinking have a higher propensity to take un-calculated risks, increasing the possibility of incurring or causing accidents.
- Drunk driving accident victims suffer more severe injuries as compared to others with alcohol hindering recovery since it affects a number of the body’s responses such as circulation and immune system.
- Drunk victims are less likely to seek medical help. On the other hand, it proves harder for doctors to diagnose serious conditions like head injuries with drunk patients.
- Alcohol also interferes with anesthetic among other medications, meaning operations and treatment may need to be delayed if alcohol is taken before an operation.
What Happens If The Law Is Passed?
Debates about this law passing have people concerned that keeping Philadelphia bars open later would lead to people drinking more than they could hold. Alcohol also comes with the possibilities of other worse occurrences such as loss of lives from drunken driving.
Other concerns are for young alcohol consumers. Young people are also more likely to have alcohol-related accidents than older people. Road traffic accidents are still a leading cause of alcohol-related deaths among young men aged 16-24 ranking up to 28 percent of all alcohol-related driving accidents, although they make up only 14% of the U.S. population. In addition, young people are more prone to stay out late clubbing and getting drunk leading to getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Financial Gains Cannot Make This Law Passable
Those in support of this law are blinded by the consequential financial gains from taxes and the extra income that will come from the alcohol sales. Sadly, they forget the possible loss of lives of that will likely arise if the implementation of such a law goes through. Ideally, keeping Philadelphia bars open till late hours will be a wrong move that will not benefit anyone in the long run.