Docksider Bar on Front Street reopens at 10pm tonight following a 24-hour shutdown by the Bermuda Police Service, due to antisocial behavior during a private party at the club at an earlier date.
The incident, circulated on social media, has popped the big question today, which is whether or not this shutdown and possibly others to come, will actually have an impact on the island’s abysmal track record on driving or acting up under the influence of alcohol, backed by road sobriety checks?
Now that there’s a new set of consequences for the proprietor,s how much bearing will it have moving forward?
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We talked to a number of bar owners today, who all said that since the roadside sobriety checks their numbers are down. One bar owner said that he had less than five customers in as of 8pm Friday night.
He also noted that the bar was busy throughout the day up until evening rush hour, when most patrons said they would continue drinking at home after 5pm. Moving forward he said he may have to consider other options to attract customers during the day to offset lost sales at night.
A number of bar patrons said they have changed their drinking patterns so as not to get caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. What was interesting to note was the fact that most said even if the streets were lined with taxis they would not opt to take them. That leads to the question of what will it take to change the mindset?
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In the interim, enjoy your weekend!