MADD Worried About New Buck-A-Beer Rules 

MADD Windsor and Essex County is concerned about safety when new buck-a-beer rules go into effect later this month.

Community Leader Chaouki Hamka says there's no question lower prices are going to lead to more alcohol consumption which could, in turn, increase the amount of drunk drivers behind the wheel.

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford announced, as of August 27, Ontario will lower the minimum price to a dollar for any beer with an alcohol volume below 5.6%.

Hamka says he would have liked to see more consultation before a decision was made.

"When it comes to those kinds of questions, it's always good to ask and get guidance from organizations who fall within the scope," says Hamka. "Ultimately, it's a decision that, I think, governments or people have made in general without really taking public safety into concern."

Hamka says it's adding fuel to the fire.

"Lowering alcohol prices can lead to increased consumption particularly among those with alcohol problems and among young people and it doesn't stop there. The impact extends beyond the price of beer and we feel that there should not be government tax incentives to reduce the cost of alcohol."

The Ford government has said a return to buck-a-beer would see more competition in the beer market without affecting the province's revenue from beer and wine taxes which brought in roughly $589-million in 2016-2017.

 

— with files form AM800's Rob Hindi