Paterson is considering a new ordinance which would limit the operation hours of late night eateries, reported a local newspaper. The new law, if passed, would force fried chicken stores and other late night places selling food to close at 11pm on weekdays and by midnight during weekends.
Late night businesses often serve as a hotbed for criminal congregations, the ordinance aims to eliminate that source of problems for the city.
However, the law exempts drive-thru places, which has some crying foul, for it gives one store an advantage over another due to a minor difference.
If store owners decide to disobey the ordinance they will likely face fines.
As the summer comes to a close, crime rates will subside around Paterson, making the new ordinance a moot issue.