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Assembly Passes Red Stripe Law
The Anchorage Assembly passed a law that will require one hundred percent compliance checking I.D.'s at liquor stores in Anchorage. The new ordinance is an effort to keep habitual drinkers that have already had at least two felony D.U.I's from purchasing alcohol.
Liquor Store operators will be looking for people that display a red stripe on their Alaska Drivers License. That stripe indicates either two felony D.U.I's or a domestic abuse situation involving alcohol.
Assemblyman Paul Honeman was one of the original authors of the measure and had sought to extend it to bars and restaurants too. Support for an all inclusive industry standard was not there, so proponents settled for package stores at this time.
"We'll take package stores for now and we'll assess the issue regarding bars and perhaps even restaurants at a later date"
Opponents say it is just another rule people will get around."Prohibition didn't work, our underage drinking rules don't work our D-U-I rules don't work people are still doing it all, so an I.D. Check of some form or another is just a waste of time" stated Anchorage resident Richard Brown.
The final vote was 10-1 with only assemblyman Bill Starr opposing the regulation which goes into effect July 1st of this year.