Abilene police prepare to make adjustments as Make Abilene Late goes into effect

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The Abilene Police Department is preparing for more businesses to be making the last call for alcohol later in the night.

The city council approved ordinance to "Make Abilene Late" went into effect Sunday, meaning the city began accepting applications for permits allowing bars and restaurants to serve customers until 2 am. With this change, we spoke to APD to find out how they are preparing.

"Drinking and driving is not a good mix," Assistant Police Chief Doug Wrenn says. "We're going to be out in full force, even at 2 am versus the traditional time."

Chief Wrenn says there has been a decrease in the number of incidents involving alcohol during 2017.

"We've had worse years on record as far as injuries related from drunk driving," Chief Wrenn says.

But, with alcohol being served later as an option, APD is preparing to respond.

"Our plan is just to remain responsive by way of keeping our troops alerted to the fact that this is going to happen and we're going to hold some shifts over," Chief Wrenn says.

He also says it's a good thing the Abilene City Council delayed the decision on the Make Abilene Late ordinance.

"With our new recruits getting trained, we're more effective on the streets because of this last academy graduation," he says.

Chief Wrenn says this is a week by week situation. APD will assess as more businesses get those applications in to stay open late to determine how they need to adjust.



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