Clock change means extra hour for Indiana bars

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Indiana bars and liquor stores will be able to stay open an extra hour this weekend as daylight saving time ends for the year.

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission said alcoholic beverage sales may continue until the normal 3 a.m. closing time on Sunday. The extra hour of sales time comes from clocks being turned back by an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Indiana began observing daylight saving time statewide in 2006.


  • and in the Spring
    and in the Spring the bars will lose an extra hour of operation... and the point of this story is??
  • Bars Open Until 3:00 AM
    Michael, the "dumb ass rationale" is because the law is written simply to say 3:00 AM not 3:00 AM DST or EST, so when you turn the clocks back at 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM then comes an hour later. You are going on about how 3:00 AM is 3:00 AM, well, yes, that is exactly what is happening here, the bars are closing at 3:00 AM per the clock. I am not sure what point you are trying to make? Are you saying they should really close at 2:00 AM because it used to be 3:00 AM before the clocks got turned back? That makes no sense. Also, the law gives the Indiana ATC broad discretion when enforcing the law. Therefore, the ATC has the discretion to enforce opening and closing times as it sees fit. Personally, I think laws regulating hours of alcohol sales are stupid. If a substance is legal, which alcohol is, then it should be able to be sold at any time. It's not like someone drinking at 2:00 AM is going to be any less or more of a problem then someone drinking at 11:00 AM or 4:00 AM. We already have laws regulating age and drinking while driving, etc. So, again, if buying something is legal and you are following the rules about age and driving, then when an adult chooses to purchase a legal substance should not be an issue.
  • extra hour
    Where is all the economic growth and prosperity that were promised as a result of the time change?
  • stay off the roads
    Got to make sure bars can get that extra hour of sales before they close and send folks home...of course we can't buy for home consumption on Sundays. Makes sense to me.
  • bars open longer
    with daylight savings ending the bars will be able to stay open until 3 a.m., or one hour longer. think about it: this makes absolutely no sense. 3 a.m. is 3 a.m. whether it is dst or est. who the hell made up that dumbass rationale: that bar hours change with the time change?

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