many stores like Liquor Zone on West Broadway are still trying to get approved for the special 4 a.m. license, right now they have to close at 2 a.m.
Councilman David James
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Could a proposed cut
off time for alcohol sales help fight crime in Louisville? That's what
some Louisville Metro Council members are hoping, but liquor store owners say the idea and the label is not only unfair, it's bad business.
proposed ordinance that will be first introduced Thursday night only affects
You've heard the old saying, "Nothing
good happens after 2 a. m. "several Metro Council members are believers,
"I do go along with that," said District 6 Councilman David
James. James is among those who want to end liquor store alcohol sales at
2 a.m. Right now, 28 Louisville liquor stores have special licenses
allowing them to stay open until 4 a.m. and 89 percent are in Districts
1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of West Louisville. James says crime is happening right
around those stores.
James said, "When I actually looked at the
numbers from the police department, I was amazed!"
Police statistics obtained by WAVE 3 News
show a huge concentration of what LMPD call alcohol and drug involved arrests
from January of 2012 to May of 2013 around those west Louisville stores.
District 4 had more than 3,400 arrests in that time period with charges ranging
from assault to manufacturing meth to murder. But liquor store owners say just because crime is happening in that area of town, it does not
prove it wouldn't happen if the stores weren't there.
And many stores like Liquor Zone on West
Broadway are still trying to get approved for the special 4 a.m. license, right
now they have to close at 2 a.m.
More than 100 customers have signed a
petition to help them get the special license.
Liquor Zone's Salah Al-Hindawy said, "The crime is not around this area right here."
A big beef with many liquor store owners,
bars and restaurants would not fall under the ordinance and can continue
serving alcohol through 4 a.m. Liquor store owners say it's not fair to
them or to their customers who work late shifts.
"It doesn't make any sense,"
Al-Hindawy said, "We are asking to stay open late because there are a
lot of people working late and not everybody is working for the government from
9 to 5."
James said of hurting the liquor stores right
to do business, "I don't believe it's going to cause them to go out of
business, but I do believe it will have a safety factor for the community and
that's very important."
ordinance will be introduced Thursday night and then be open for discussion
next week. Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is the primary
sponsor. Bryant Hamilton has taken on liquor stores in her District 5
area of west Louisville in the past, also citing crime as the reason.