The city’s new ordinance requiring local night spots to close at midnight went into effect this past weekend.
And all was quiet.
“It was a good weekend,” said Chief Jeff Curtis, during Monday’s city council meeting.
After fulfilling all legal requirements and notifications, the city’s new ordinance was put to use last weekend. All night clubs, pool halls and event centers where alcohol is consumed are now required to close at midnight. Curtis pushed for the new ordinance, along with the support of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, to curtail many of the violent and even deadly altercations that tend to occur in the late hours at such venues. The late hours combined with alcohol often leads to such incidents, he said.
Curtis said the first weekend implementing the new ordinance went very well.
“We did not receive one call at any of our establishments this past weekend,” he said. “That is the first time that has occurred since I have been chief here.”
There have been six murders reported within Yazoo City this year. Of those, three cases occurred at late night establishments.