Seattle lawmaker proposes staggered bar closures for safety
SEATTLE, Wash. - It's called the ‘push out': the time of night when most bars or nightclubs shut down and the patrons head out onto the streets. It can be a dangerous time, and since all the bars shut down at the same time calls can overwhelm public safety officers.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board sets the 2 a.m. closing mandate and authorities say that during that ‘push out', what you get is hundreds and hundreds of people across the city out in the street. They say it's noisy, they say it's dangerous, but some say they have a solution.
A Seattle city attorney working with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has a proposal that would stagger the closing times of bars and nightclubs. He says that way you avoid the mad rush of one closing time. Some bar owners actually say they'd go for that, especially since they have the responsibility of watching out for over-drinking at their bar.
The proposal is in its very early stages and so far only applies to Seattle bars or nightclubs. But if adopted the measure could move statewide. The staggered closures would push back some closing times to give patrons time to sober up. Serving alcohol after the designated 'stop time' would not be permitted.
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