The Bloomington City Council was presented with the area's most pressing alcohol-related issues at Monday's meeting. Darcy L. Greder with the Bloomington Normal Community Campus Committee presented the council with some of the committee's observations. The BNCCC runs informational programs and events to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related incidents in downtown Bloomington and around local university campuses. Greeder says binging, underage drinking, sexual-assault, and alcohol-poisoning are some of the most pressing concerns for the community.
A motion to allow for fines and other penalties for those who drink in Taxi cabs or party buses passed . The motion for the amendment passed six to three. Alderman Scott Black says such regulation is "not likely" to address alcohol related issues. Alderman Kevin Lower agreed, expressing concerns about the new regulation possibly increasing DUI offenses. Alderman Mboka Mwilambe says the amendment would help "set the tone" for Downtown Bloomington.
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