(KMOV) – Too much partying in Alton is forcing police to crackdown on liquor laws.
Bar patrons are now saying a long standing practice is getting them in trouble.
Bar goers say police used to not enforce the open container law in Alton, a law prohibiting open drinks outside of bars, but recently the law has been enforced.
There are as many as 12 bars in two blocks in Alton, and bar owners say it's normal to walk from one bar to the next with a drink in hand.
The reason for the enforcement is that in the late hours, some say, the streets get too rowdy.