Lubbock Still Benefiting From Going Wet 4 Years Later

Tomorrow marks four years since Lubbock started selling alcohol inside city limits and despite initial fears, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce said going 'wet' has benefited the city.
Tomorrow marks four years since Lubbock started selling alcohol inside city limits and despite initial fears, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce said going 'wet' has benefited the city.

Eddie McBride with the chamber said since 2009, alcohol related incidents have dramatically dropped and liquor stores have multiplied bringing money to the Lubbock economy.

"It really didn't have the overall impact of becoming a bad impact on our community as a lot of people thought," said McBride.  "Alcohol related sexual assaults, alcohol related abuse situations in general, a lot of those alcohol related incidents have gone down in studies that we did previously."

While crime has gone down, shops and restaurants are going up to cash in on alcohol profits. 

"The few that were on the strip now have multiplied drawing more property tax than before," said McBride.  "Look at the Costco coming and the Walmarts and the United Supermarkets coming carrying wine, I know that's been an improvement on the bottom line."

He said saving a few extra minutes from driving to the strip hasn't hurt either.

"Now instead of driving out to the strip, which you know was one of those sayings that people might be drinking if they go down to the strip, now it's a lot easier to go down the street and buy it," said McBride.

The Lubbock Police Department said since going wet there are, on average, 200 less drunk driving accidents a year. 
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