BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Party buses in Bloomington will now be dry.
The city council voted on Monday night to ban alcoholic beverages, open or sealed, on party buses and other vehicles-for-hire.
The ordinance was approved by a vote of 6 to 2.
The fine for having alcohol in the bus or car can range from $250 to $2,500.
Councilman Rob Fazzini proposed an amendment asking for higher fines, but that was denied.
The big question of debate, however, was how to enforce the ban.
"I like this idea, I understand why it was proposed, thinking about the practicality of it, I just can't see the practicality of it," said Judy Stearns, Ward 4 Alderman.
"We're all accountable whether we are a restaurant owner or a bus driver. Everyone's got a stake in this and I think we all have to turn it up a notch and change the culture," said Jim Fruin, Ward 9 Alderman.
Passengers, drivers and even the operating company of the party bus or cab can be fined.
The ordinance will go into effect in about ten days.