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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

JPD Readies for New Alcohol Ordinance

March 13, 2007 - Posted at 8:52 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro Police Department is getting ready to enforce the new alcohol ordinance recently passed by the city council. It means some new rules for private club owners and different guidelines for local law enforcement.

The alcohol ordinance is set to go into effect March 23rd...and the Jonesboro Police Department is ready.  Officers were given the official rules and regulations Tuesday.

"It's a learning process for us, for the courts and the club owners as well, so we're going to start off trying to be very conservative and very reasonable about it and start off slow and I really don't expect we're going to have too much trouble," said JPD Chief Mike Yates.

Private clubs will not be able to pour alcohol after 2:00 a.m. and could face fines up to $500 for serving to minors.  But Chief Yates doesn't expect the new rules to be too much of an adjustment.

"We want to make sure that everyone's got a chance to get their paperwork together administratively and that our officers have been sufficiently trained to comply by the ordinance and while the ordinance actually goes into effect technically 30 days from the time that it was passed, we're probably not going to implement it fully until April 1," said Yates.

Private clubs have a lot to lose if they do not follow the guidelines of the new alcohol ordinance.  If an alcohol permit is revoked...the law does not allow another one to be granted to that same person, firm or corporation for a period of five years.

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