At the October 21st Fall Town Meeting Town Meeting Members voted overwhelmingly to pass an article that authorizes a ban on the sale of ‘nips’, the small bottles of alcohol that litter our roads and front yards, in Plymouth liquor stores.
Town Meeting voted to ban nips because:
- Nips Enable Drunk Driving
- Nips are portable shot glasses
- Nips are easy to drink and discard while driving
- Nips are easy to hide from family, friends, and employers
- Nips Are A Significant Source of Litter
- During Town-wide cleanups 14,000 littered nips were picked up around Plymouth over just 4 days
- A majority of littered nips were found alongside roads throughout Town with high concentrations near schools and liquor stores
- Every littered nip is evidence of people drinking where they shouldn’t be in our community
On January 13, there will be a special Plymouth election to decide whether the Town Meeting approved small alcohol container (“nip”) ban in Plymouth should be overturned. Liquor store owners were successful in obtaining the needed 3000 signatures required to hold this referendum vote which will cost taxpayers $57,000.
During our members participation in the May Plymouth Town Cleanup Day thousands of nips were collected along several of the roads in our watershed. Not only is this a litter nuisance, but the presence of so many small liquor bottles which are thrown out the windows of cars implicates significant occasions of drinking while driving, a serious safety issue.
Please remember to vote on January 13th. A YES vote on the nips question will support the Town Meeting approved ban.
You can also obtain an absentee ballot to vote if you will be away. To obtain a vote by mail ballot form, click here.