Cops Crack Down on Drunkenness in Bars
Issue nearly 20 tickets thus far
The Anchorage Police Department is working to control excessive drinking in bars around Anchorage. So far they've arrested and cited nearly 20 people for being drunk in a bar.
It may sound counterintuitive that someone can be arrested for being drunk in a bar, but Title Four in the "Alcoholic Beverage Control" manual gives officers the right to cite not only people who've consumed too much, but also the people who overserve them.
Anchorage police have been monitoring bars across the area, but the 20 or so arrests were made at six downtown bars: The Pioneer Bar, the Panhandle, The Gaslight Lounge, the Polar Bar, Rum Runners and Platinum Jaxx.
Police say excessive drinking contributes to other crimes like sexual assaults and driving under the influence, and that's what they hope to prevent.
Officers say they look for obvious signs of drunkenness, like slurred speech and coordination problems.
Arrest warrants are pending for six bartenders who will be cited for overserving. Police declined to say where they worked, as they've not been cited yet. Officers say they will continue the patrols indefinitely.