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September 16, 2013

Alcohol in Somerset: Year 1 a success

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Somerset —

Smith said that non-vehicular incidents, such as fights in bars, have been very little problem to the city over time as well.
“Initially, we had more frequent calls,” he said. “As everyone has learned the rules and regulations, calls to these establishments have been reduced significantly.
“We’ve done a number of walk-throughs at local bars, just from a presence standpoint,” he added. “Most of the time, we’d talk to the managers about the problems they were having. Usually, there were no problems going on.”
In all, the transition to a “wet” Somerset has gone smoother than police might have suspected, according to Smith.
“We’ve just not had very many complications as a result of legalized alcohol sales,” he said. 

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