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Arizona Adopts New Liquor Sale Hours Next Month

Some Arizona residents and Phoenix DUI attorneys are counting down the days until the first Sunday in August when a new law goes into effect that changes liquor sale hours on Sundays. The Arizona Republic reports that this change will affect 11,273 establishments statewide, according to the number of active liquor licenses compiled by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

The new law changes the current Sunday liquor sale hours on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. to the regular hours of 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. which are the hours every other day of the week. Many merchants, bar owners, and consumers are happy about this change because it allows for the sale of alcohol for four extra hours in the day. However, some religious leaders and traditionalists are upset by this new change because it's the last of the blue laws that are being overturned.

The Arizona blue laws are laws that regulate business on Sundays based on "moral standards." Blue laws, which also exist in 30 other U.S. states, regulate the hours of activities like car sales, hunting, horse racing or sporting events on Sundays.

At this point there seems to be little opposition to Arizona's new liquor sale hours, but some legislatures including Republican Rich Crandall from Mesa expressed opposition to expanding liquor sale hours at one time. He said that the new alcohol purchase hours on Sundays can lead to an increase in drunk driving and domestic violence incidents. Most Arizona DUI attorneys would certainly disagree with this logic and argue that allowing four more hours in a week for the sale of alcohol will not bring more drunk drivers to Arizona roadways.

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