If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Orange County, seek legal representation at once and contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer. As lawmakers across the country look for new ways to protect the public from intoxicated drivers, they’re considering a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health which indicates that raising taxes on alcohol could lower the number of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

University of Florida researchers examined what happened after a 2009 tax increase on alcohol in Illinois. The state raised its excise tax on beer by 4.6 cents a gallon, on wine by 66 cents a gallon, and on distilled spirits by $4.05 a gallon. For beer and wine, the impact was about an extra one cent per glass. Surprisingly, alcohol-related traffic deaths in Illinois dropped 26 percent. “Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year,” said Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, in a university news release.

The study notes that alcohol’s price has dropped substantially in recent decades. Having ten or more drinks a day would have cost the average wage earner half of his or her disposable income in 1950. Today, ten or more drinks a day takes only about three percent of the average wage earner’s disposable income. With cities and states facing declining revenues, cutting services, and laying off workers, raising money from people who enjoy a drink is becoming an increasingly attractive option to lawmakers.

Some are questioning the conclusions of the researchers. Others believe that higher taxes will punish only casual drinkers and that chronic, addicted DUI offenders – the people who pose a genuine threat to public safety – will not hesitate to pay a few cents more to satisfy their addiction. Of course higher taxes at some point are an inevitability, but if you are arrested for DUI in Orange County – now or in the future – get the legal help you need by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer as quickly as possible.