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 STRATEGY 7 – Modify & Change Policies

Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., public policy actions at the federal, state and local levels, law enforcement procedures and practices, rules and practices that guide governmental and community organizations, business policies and practices).


  • State-level
    • Minimum drinking age 21
    • Alcohol per se .08% law / other drug per se laws
    • Administrative license revocation or suspension
    • DWI/DUI Court laws
    • Mandatory ignition interlock laws
  • Municipal Level
    • DUI/DWI Court implementation policies
    • Mandatory ignition interlock implementation policies
    • Zoning laws – establish use permit review process to limit density of licensed alcohol-serving establishments (where possible) and to place sensible safety conditions of operation on businesses when permits are granted
    • Nuisance laws – establish standards that allow for enforcement and mitigation when licensed alcohol-serving establishments are found to be contributing to a public nuisance through problematic serving practices, such as sales to intoxicated persons
  • Community Level
    • Law enforcement agency internal policy to schedule X number of high visibility enforcement efforts to reduce/deter impaired driving (e.g., roadside checkpoints, saturation patrols, alcohol service to intoxicated patrons enforcement)
    • Licensed alcohol establishments house policies that create processes for refusing sales to intoxicated patrons, training staff, etc.