Police Say Underage Drinking Ordinance is Working
Police officers say a city ordinance geared toward stopping underage drinking... is keeping customers under 21 out of bars.
Since the ordinance was passed by the Gainesville City Commission in April... officers say they've arrested far fewer people than this time last year.
In March 2008... a total of 48 people were arrested in Gainesville bars.
March of this year, that number dropped to 10... a 79 percent decrease.
And the numbers for April and May 2009 were also down from last year.
"That's highly unusual for any particular crime, specifically alcohol violations in this town, a college town," Capt. Lonnie Scott, Gainesville Police Department, said.
Captain Scott says the challenge will be to keep the numbers low in the fall, when students come back to UF.
And if underage arrests increase... the consequence, according to the ordinance, is that offending nightspots wouldn't be able to allow anyone under 21.
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