Mitch Albom: 4 a.m. closing time won’t make us chic | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Did you see Mitch Albom’s commentary in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press?  I have to agree with him.  I’m not seeing how extending the drinking hours until 4 am will improve anything.  The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (of which I am a member) also believes that it will not be an improvement for communities.  I know that you won’t be surprised to learn that not everyone uses their best judgement after a few drinks and many come into contact with the police.   Alcohol enforcement – drunk drivers, alcohol service enforcement, other kinds of disorder issues related to alcohol–are big issues for us.  Many times our shifts are keyed to closing time.  We may schedule fewer officers when we know that we’ll have lesser activity at the late hour.  But if we have to hold people on overtime we often release them after bar closing hours since things quiet down and settle down.   If the closing time goes to 4am we won’t have that respite anymore.  As he points out it is more likely that we’ll be mixing the over imbibed drivers with the weekday early traffic which starts building around 5 am.  I realize that it will be lucrative for some establishment owners but I believe it will be burdensome on the communities and on the general public.  It deserves serious consideration by the Legislature.

Mitch Albom: 4 a.m. closing time won’t make us chic | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.