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New study on Louisville liquor sales law shows decrease in crime

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- In an effort to reduce crime, Louisville's Metro Council voted last year to eliminate alcohol sales after 2:00 a.m. at package liquor stores.

Sandra Fant has owned "The Liquor Store" at 27th and Broadway for about seven years.

She's not happy about the 2 a.m. cutoff for alcohol sales.

"You continue to let the bars stay open until four but the package stores have to close at two. That's discrimination. There should be a discrimination charge against the city," Fant told WDRB.

She said her business is losing $10 to 20 thousand a month because of the law.

"You're talking two hours a day, that's where a lot of my sales were," she explained.

Fant said it puts her employees and customers at a disadvantage as well.

"They're really upset. They don't like it at all but you have to abide by the laws," she said.

But Councilman David James said the purpose of the law was to decrease crime and he has proof it's working.

"I had a masters student at the University of Louisville conduct a study on the liquor establishments in the 6th district, Metro Council 6th district, and it actually showed that crime and reported police incidents went down after 2 a.m.," he told WDRB.

The study, done by an LMPD lieutenant, focuses on arrests made by location and time.

"The alcohol related runs, disorderly conduct and fights, those types of runs have significantly decreased," he said.

Sandra Fant maintained the law isn't fair.

"They took and gave the middle class and upper class, they opened it up for them where they could go and sit and drink their mimosas on Sunday morning," she told WDRB.

But Councilman James is pleased with the difference he claimed the law has made.

"The fact was, we had quantifiable proof that there were arrests taking place and police incidents taking place related to alcohol around many of those establishments," he said.

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