Alcohol ban on party buses to downtown Bloomington

By WEEK Reporter

September 23, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM CDT

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.

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