Montgomery Police Stepping Up Patrols in Entertainment District

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Montgomery Police are cracking down on underage drinking in the entertainment district.

Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy says officers will patrol the area on bicycles and marked cars. Undercover officers will also canvass the area at night. An ordinance passed last year, establishing a downtown entertainment district.

Now some say underage visitors are bringing their own liquor. Mayor Todd Strange says authorities are enforcing rules against people walking through the entertainment district carrying glass containers.

He says the city wants to be sure drinks visitors carry with them through the district are purchased legally from within the area.

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pat said on Monday, Jul 8 at 1:04 PM

Yes the bars are starting to lose money so we'll step up patrol. Police officers need to do there job they come here on calmar dr. sit in the apartment complex and watch a four way stop and kids right behind them smoking dope drinking alcohol and acting a fool. So you call the department so they can if they feel like it tell them to look behind you and get those thugs.What need to be done is you need some body who care to watch the police and make them do there job. Every time you look around you see Captain so and so been on the job for thirty years and did nothing the hold time. Come on police chief make them do there job. Even the ones that are taking the calls at the station.

Tom, Cloverdale resident said on Monday, Jul 8 at 11:34 AM

Why lift open container law in first place? Now we need more police in cloverdale too. I thought crime was the big issue of today...not open container law!! Was that good, sensible, law holding back patrons to the area? No! Cloverdale is already popular, crowded, with traffic-parking issues, DUI issues..If you cant walk from bar 1 to bar 2 without a drink in your hand, you should just go home. Now, more police hours spent checking that instead of chasing crooks.

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