Bill would make bars close at 2 a.m.

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislation introduced Friday would make bars throughout the state close by 2 a.m.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, said House Bill 80 would help combat drunken driving, assaults and domestic violence.

Many municipalities, including Anchorage, already require bars to close by 2 a.m. The exceptions, however, can lead to problems, he said.

Palmer and Wasilla have later closing hours. Late-night revelers who drive there and sometimes back to Anchorage jeopardize others on the road, Ogan said.

''With consistency throughout the state there will be fewer drivers on the road moving to late night bars that now can remain open,'' Ogan said. ''Ultimately I think we'll have fewer assaults, less domestic violence and less DWIs.''

Ogan's is one of a number of bills filed this legislative session to combat drunken driving. Others range from lengthening sentences for drunken driving to preventing those convicted of DWI from buying alcohol for a year.

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