Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mandatory ID for Booze: To Check or Not to Check?
Anchorage Assembly will debate whether residents should show identification in liquor stores and bars before buying alcohol.
One of the two bicyclists who collided with a vehicle Monday afternoon died early Tuesday morning.
At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Micheal Downing, 50, and Emmah Albert, 24, failed to stop at a stop sign while riding downhill on Karluk Street approaching 17th Avenue. The two collided with a Cadillac traveling westbound on 17th Avenue, according to Anchorage police.
Neither Downing nor Albert was wearing a helmet. Both sustained head injuries and were taken to a local hospital. At the time, the injuries were not considered life threatening; Albert was treated and released.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine Downing’s cause of his death.
Police said both cyclists were ticketed for failing to obey the stop sign.
Damage to the vehicle was in excess of $500.
Headline: Mandatory Alcohol ID checks tonight, anchorage assembly
Making alcohol ID checks mandatory was the focus of the Anchorage Assembly meeting Tuesday night as members debated over which establishments should be required to follow it.
After 67 percent of Anchorage voters approved making ID checks mandatory at packaged liquor stores in April's election, assembly members Dick Traini and Paul Honeman introduced an ordinance to include bars as part of the list in an effort to stop underage drinkers and people with the prohibited red stripes from buying or drinking alcohol.
However, some assembly members are concerned about including bars because voters never approved their involvement, and it’s a reason why there is a push to just keep the mandatory checks just in the package stores for now.
“If we want to go back to the voters and say, ‘do you think this should apply to everybody?’ then that's what we need to do—that's the route we need to take and until then, we need to stick to what voters approve,” said Anchorage Assembly member Adam Trombley.
“We should be protecting our community the best we can wherever alcohol is sold, but I'm willing to take whatever steps we can. If we have to do this in layers it’s like peeling back an onion, one layer at a time,” said another Anchorage Assembly member Paul Honeman.
Despite multiple offenses of illegal alcohol sales around town, business owners said the majority of them do enforce ID checks and they said including bars in the ordinance will result in them losing customers and their dollars.
The new ordinance, if approved, would go into effect July 1.