In other Utah-/alcohol-related news, a restaurant membership is no longer required in order to purchase a drink.
Waddops in turn, was behind the push that resulted in the removal of Zion Curtains -- and another aspect of the law that is not as visible as the barriers. The legislation, which does away with private club memberships (beginning July 1), also prohibits minors from sitting at or lingering near restaurant bars. And it prohibits new restaurants from storing or mixing drinks at bars, while grandfathering bars at existing eateries.
On regular patrols, Thornton said, officers face a range of situations and have to prioritize calls. The task force patrol allows the officers to focus solely on underage drinking.
“We have more time to sit on a store or a house, to track where there’s a party,” he said. “That’s our only responsibility, short of a shooting or a fatal accident where we need manpower. Our primary goal is what OSA calls ‘party patrol.’”
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