Breckenridge beefs up liquor laws |

Breckenridge beefs up liquor laws

Lory Pounder
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” Selling alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person or being visibly intoxicated while working at an establishment that serves booze may become municipal code violations in the ski resort town of Breckenridge.

A new ordinance that includes three municipal violations related to the operation of liquor-licensed establishments unanimously passed at first reading before the Breckenridge Town Council last week. Police believe the changes would help combat certain late-night incidents of the sort that have occurred recently, according to a memo to the council.

Selling alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated is currently a violation of state law. With adoption of a town ordinance, though, violations could be prosecuted in the town’s municipal court.

There is no state law prohibiting an employee of a liquor-licensed establishment from being visibly intoxicated while on duty, according ot the memo. The new town ordinance would not prohibit an employee from consuming alcohol while on duty, just from being visibly drunk.

The third new regulation deals with several issues related to conduct, the memo said.

Wording taken from the Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division’s “Conduct of Establishment” administrative regulations would be adopted and non-compliance with that code of conduct would be a municipal offense.

If the ordinance is adopted on second reading, the new offenses will be considered misdemeanors under the municipal code, punishable by a fine up to $999, imprisonment of up to one day less than a year in jail ,or both, according to the memo.

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