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The Effects of False Identification Laws with a Scanner Provision on Underage Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities

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  • Erik Nesson

    () (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • Vinish Shrestha

    () (Department of Economics, Towson University)

Abstract

We examine the effects of policies aimed at restricting the use of false identification to purchase alcohol on alcohol-related fatal traffic accidents involving underage drivers. We find that the implementation of policies that incentivize alcohol retailers to adopt ID scanners reduces alcohol- related fatal accidents among 16-18 year olds, but we do not find that similar policies like vertical ID laws lead to statistically significant changes in underage alcohol-related fatal crashes. We run a number of specification and falsification tests, and a back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that if all remaining states passed these ID scanner laws, the reduction in underage alcohol- related fatal accidents among 16-18 year olds would generate nearly $270 million in annual economic benefits.

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  • Erik Nesson & Vinish Shrestha, 2016. "The Effects of False Identification Laws with a Scanner Provision on Underage Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities," Working Papers 2016-17, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2019.
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    Keywords

    Underage alcohol consumption; Drunk driving; DWI; False ID laws; Scanner provision.;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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