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Raising the bar

COEUR d'ALENE - Wanna serve? Pass a course. Need a ride? Wait in the designated area.

The city of Coeur d'Alene is considering a pair of rule changes it hopes makes downtown's nightlife a little safer. The first is to establish an evening taxi parking, pick-up and drop off zone on the east side of Fourth Street between Sherman and Front avenues.

The second is to require bar and restaurant servers to pass a certified alcohol training course to dish out drinks. “This is basically an option, an effort, a try,” said Mike Kennedy, city councilman, on the city's attention to downtown safety. “If it doesn't work we can” change it. Read more. Tom Hasslinger/Cda Press

Would these new rules make you feel safer in downtown Cda?

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