BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Stricter alcohol laws have been implemented in the western Alaska hub town of Bethel.
The Bethel City Council unanimously approved the regulations after some amendments, KYUK-AM reported .
In the Tuesday decision, the council added a requirement that liquor stores employ security guards at night.
Under the new rules, customers may buy no more than three bottles of hard alcohol a day. Some council members favored a two-bottle limit.
The three-bottle limit was proposed by council member Fritz Charles as a compromise.
“People that I love, whether it be my brothers, sisters, cousins, or uncles, they’re gonna die from alcohol. It’s part of life,” he said.
Council member Perry Barr said anyone trying to purchase more than two bottles could signal criminal intent.
“You know that they’re taking those three bottles per day, and taking it back to their villages and causing chaos and mayhem,” he said. “So if you don’t want two bottles per day, you might as well say you don’t care about humanity.”
The changes also include an attempt to curb public alcohol consumption. Police previously had to catch people drinking, but now they can act if someone has an open container in public spaces.
Now customers also must show state IDs, which show alcohol-restricted status. Those without that form of identification, however, may sign a written statement noting they are not on restricted status.
Other changes approved update liquor store business hours. And fines for alcohol-related offenses have been simplified.