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Alaskan town looks to ban walking while drunk in public

Bethel, Alaska, government leaders are fed up with drunks who behave poorly in public, and they have moved to pass an ordinance banning walking under the influence.

The ordinance is aimed at quelling the number of complaints related to public decency laws. Newser reported that residents who are found to be drunk in public — and are urinating in public, or committing a like offense — could be fined up to $200.

Not all the city council members are backing the ordinance, however. Some see it as too farfetched, and say they've never personally seen a drunk relieving himself or herself in public view.

"I understand people can be a menace," a council man said in Newser, "but there's other ways to handle it than outlawing drunk walking."

The council is due to take it under further consideration on Tuesday, Newser reported.

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