British Columbia has changed their impaired driving laws for the better in the past few years, adding immediate license suspensions, vehicle impounding, and ignition interlock devices for people who decide to drink and drive. What’s up next for the Province of BC? Some crazy liquor laws are on the chopping block, and government run liquor stores are in line for a few refrigerators.
Where you can buy cold beer and wine has always been a hot topic in BC, and BC Government liquor stores have always been run with strict rules – never open on Sundays and never have cold beer or wine available on the shelves.
But that’s all changing, and not only will you soon have the option of picking up certain ice cold alcoholic products from a government run liquor store, but you’ll be able to do so on a Sunday too.
Not everyone is happy about the changes
It goes without saying that private liquor stores aren’t thrilled with the idea, if only because cold beer and wine has been a perk they’ll make you pay a premium for, especially on Sundays. But this change is one of many that’s going to happen in the next year for BC liquor laws, and one of the first steps the BC Government has taken is removing a few crazy liquor laws that stopped golf course and ski hills from serving alcohol.
Steep terrain = a seat at the bar?
It used to be that a ski hill’s allowable number of seats in a bar had to be directly related to the resort’s vertical ski-able terrain, so if the hill was really steep, they could have more seats in the bar. If that’s not strange enough for you, try this BC golf course law on for size – any golf course who wanted a liquor license had to have 3 professionally verified par-four holes. Both of these laws have been struck from the books recently, in a move to change how alcohol is served in the province.
But if alcohol service is changing, so might the habits of the people who drink alcohol. BC impaired driving laws have decreased alcohol-related crashes by 21%, and with ignition interlock devices and immediate license suspensions for drunk drivers, crashes should continue to drop – unless people in the province change their drinking habits based on new availability for alcohol.
To see a continuing drop in alcohol-related crashes, British Columbia residents need to see the changing liquor laws as a convenience and nothing else, and if they drink, to keep away from the wheel of a vehicle.