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Taco Bell plans for booze on the menu, will the buzz catch on?

Most people in Colorado and across the nation know that drinking and driving is a problem. In the United States alone, a person dies every 51 minutes in an alcohol-related crash. That equates to roughly 30 people every day. Thirty people whose lives may have been saved had the guilty driver not chosen to make such a reckless decision.

While some people blame legislators for not implementing stricter drunk-driving laws, others blame places where alcohol is consumed, saying not enough is being done to mitigate drunk driving. But if some of our Denver readers thought things were bad now, understand that things could get worse, especially if a new fast-food trend catches on in the upcoming years.

As some here in Colorado may have already heard, Taco Bell announced this summer its plans to open a new version of its well-known Mexican fast-food restaurant. Called Taco Bell Cantina, the new version of the restaurant will boast more than just new menu items: customers will now be able to order alcoholic beverages as well.

Though there are only two locations expected to open in the U.S. at this time – one in Chicago, Illinois and the other in San Francisco, California – some of our readers may be curious to know when a location will open here in Colorado. Even more still may be wondering if other fast-food chains will follow suit.

Boasting $160 billion in revenue just last year alone, the fast-food industry sees a high volume of customers who oftentimes only stick around long enough to eat their food. If alcohol were to be served at more fast-food chains, customers may leave before alcohol has left their system, meaning an increased risk of drunk-driving accidents.

The hope, of course, is that this isn't the future for our Colorado readers, though it could be if fast-food restaurants don't start caring more about their customers' wellbeing rather than profits.

Sources: The Chicago Tribune, "Taco Bell in Wicker Park will be first in the U.S. to serve alcohol," Marissa Conrad, June 3, 2015

ABC 7 News, "Taco Bell Serving Alcohol in Wicker Park Officially Opens Tuesday," the Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts," Accessed Sept. 23, 2015

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