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Could extended bar times during the DNC lead to more drunk driving?

Posted: 5:55 PM, Mar 09, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-09 18:55:47-04
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A plan to extend bar close times during the Democratic National Convention to 4 a.m. is currently being debated in Madison.

Julia Sherman, the coordinator of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin, said it could lead to drunk drivers on the road, but not necessarily the people visiting Milwaukee for the convention.

"I'm sure the police are going to be extremely vigilant about it because there's going to be a lot of security in Milwaukee," Sherman said. "I don't think it's going to be the conventioneers that could be the problem. It could be the local residents."

She said delegates will likely have charter buses to take them to their hotels, but residents taking advantage of the longer bar times could be getting on the road impaired.

The bill to extend bar hours during the convention has passed the Assembly and awaits a vote in the Senate this month.