Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daylight saving time to end at 2 a.m. Sunday; Lawrence police preparing for extra hour of bars being open

October 31, 2012


It’s just about time for earlier sundowns and an extra hour of sleep — or whatever one’s activity of choice might be during the early-morning hours.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning clocks fall back one hour.

For many, the effective extra hour during the early morning will mean some additional sleep or perhaps an early start Sunday morning. But for many area bar patrons, it could mean an extra hour of drinking.

That means Lawrence police will have their eyes open early Sunday, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.

“Just having that additional hour to consume alcohol potentially poses some problems,” McKinley said.

In Kansas, the 2 a.m. finish of daylight saving time happens to coincide with the mandated closing time for bars. So on that day, some bars take the opportunity to remain open for an extra hour, McKinley said.

And because bar crowds in Lawrence tend to follow a nightly pattern, he said — beginning to pour in at 11 p.m., leading to packed houses around midnight — that additional hour can lead to more intoxicated people out and about.

McKinley said the police department is hoping that bar patrons line up a safe ride home Saturday night (or, to be more precise, Sunday morning).

But officers will be prepared in case they don’t.

“We’re going to be aware we may have more alcohol-related issues on those given nights,” McKinley said.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical leaders, meanwhile, like to use the “fall back” occasion, as well as the “spring forward” date each March, to remind people to conduct a twice-a-year check of the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, district chief Eve Tolefree said.

It makes for a catchy slogan, she said: “Change your clock; change your battery.”

“This is probably the best time when people will cognitively remember to do that,” Tolefree said.

The department recommends residents change the batteries in their alarms at least once a year.

Of course, the end of daylight saving time will also mean less daylight during the afternoon and evening. For Sunday, the National Weather Service lists a 5:17 p.m. sunset for Lawrence.

Federal law ends daylight saving time on the first Sunday in November, and it starts again at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March. That date for next year, for those who’d like to mark their calendars, is March 10.


SofaKing 5 years, 7 months ago

I would say it like this: Lawrence police preparing for the additional 1 hour that bars remain open.

gccs14r 5 years, 7 months ago

When did it become legal for the bars to stay open? Once the clock strikes two, that's the statutory closing time, regardless of what happens after that.

Back when I was hanging out in bars until closing (a long, long time ago), we used to make the argument that it was only 1, but the bartenders were having none of that and ran us all out.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe they have to close for that quarter of a second, and then re-open, as it's only one o'clock (again) and they are permitted to be open at that time.

I suspect your experience was simply a reflection of those particular bartenders simply not wanting to deal with drunks for another hour and they decided to close the doors an hour early.

cummingshawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Back in the day, in the same galaxy as gccs14r, the bars closed on the first 2 am and we didn't get that extra hour of bar drinking time.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

In other news, Lawrence residents homes continue to be broken into... suspects yet to be identified or found.

Anthony Mall 5 years, 7 months ago

apparently don't read the paper very often... at least two separate arrests and a conviction in the last two weeks!!!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

Set 'em, boys. Time stopped by. Let's toss one back with him before he marches on.

Liberty275 5 years, 7 months ago

Now I know why I don't like bars in Lawrence. I'm too old to wait until midnight for the party to start.

gccs14r 5 years, 7 months ago

The pros leave at 5, working folks leave at 8:30, and the kids come in at 9. I don't know who's showing up at 11.

Randall Barnes 5 years, 7 months ago

That means Lawrence police will have their eyes open early Sunday, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.

“Just having that additional hour to consume alcohol potentially poses some problems,” McKinley said. o.k. i will check the counties booking recap sunday morning to see how many arrest were made. i bet their eyes will be on their computers not the drivers.

morroray 5 years, 7 months ago

Out here in California the closing time does not give an extra hour. There's the same number of drinking hous as usual & the body clock & moon clook know it"s really 2 am. Nobody loses an hour of drinking BUT doesn't get extra time.

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