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Liquor Control Board increases enforcement on 10 downtown bars

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Liquor Control Board Spokane Enforcement Office will increase enforcement and educational activities at 10 downtown Spokane liquor-licensed businesses during its Location of Strategic Interest (LSI) project, which will run from April 1 to Dec. 31.

The Liquor Control Board has identified 10 businesses that pose the highest threat to public safety. These locations become the focus of intense enforcement and educational efforts by WSLCB liquor enforcement officers.

Spokane officers will increase the number of undercover checks, premises checks, and education classes at the 10 businesses during the project, which was developed in response to three fatality collisions that occurred in 2009 and driving under the influence (DUI) statistics. The 10 businesses were selected based on DUI data collected between March 8, 2009 and March 8, 2010.

The 10 businesses include:

· Mootsys, 406 W. Sprague Ave.

· Blvd. House of Music, 230 W. Riverside Ave.

· Fast Eddie's All Purpose Pub, 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

· Chan's Dragon Inn, 1406 W. Third Ave.

· Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard St.

· Knitting Factory Concert House, 918 W. First Ave. Suite 100

· Jimmy'z Gastropub & Red Room Lounge, 512 W. Sprague Ave.

· Irv's, 415 W. Sprague Ave.

· The Lions Lair, 205 W. Riverside Ave.

· The 211 Bar and Grill, N. 211 Division St.

The project's goal is to reduce sales and service of alcohol to apparently intoxicated persons, fatality collisions and DUIs linked to liquor licensed premises in the downtown district, and educate businesses about liquor laws. Officers will primarily look for sales of alcohol to apparently intoxicated persons, and allowing apparently intoxicated persons to consume or possess alcohol.

WSLCB investigations have found that the drivers in the three fatality collisions had patronized and consumed alcohol at businesses located within the downtown district prior to the collisions. The collisions occurred on June 2 near the corner of Fourth and Browne, Nov. 20 at the intersection of Spokane Falls Boulevard and Browne, and Dec. 17 on the Eastbound I-90 on-ramp to Southbound U.S. 195.

Kevin Randall
KHQ Reporter

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