Seattle's Proposal to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems Includes Extending Serving Hours

The city of Seattle is proposing to make its streets safer by extending bar service hours. Cities around the world have found that by extending the hours of alcohol service they prevent the deluge of patrons flooding streets at the same time. Doing so reduces accidents and alcohol-related problems.

The proposal includes strengthening noise ordinances, requires training for bar security staff, and extends the county's late-night bus service.

A survey of Seattle residents has found that 80% approve the idea. However, unconvinced is the Washington State Liquor Control Board, whose permission is required before the plan could be implemented.

This may be an example of politics rather than evidence governing public policy.



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