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New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers is voicing support for the possibility of selling beer and wine during sports events at the Las Cruces school's Pan American Center.

Mr. Carruthers says selling beer and wine at the center would be a good revenue-maker for NMSU and shouldn't have a downside if handled appropriately.

On the other hand, Carruthers says he'd oppose alcohol sales at Aggie Memorial Stadium. He says that's because the university would be liable if people who drink while tailgating before the game purchase a single drink inside the stadium.

Alcohol sales to the public can bring in large revenues to businesses, but as Mr. Carruthers recognizes, it also requires businesses to take reasonable steps to ensure alcohol safety. A facility can face lawsuits if, as a result of its failure to take precautions in alcohol sales, people are injured.

Business should expect that part of the money made from alcohol sales be spent on things like proper training for security, proper training for alcohol servers, reliable ways to check for underage drinking, making sure dangerous areas are well marked / lit, measures to prevent patrons from drinking and driving, and other common sense precautions.

When a business serving alcohol fails to take steps to prevent harm, it's important it be held accountable.

If you need a personal injury attorney to help you with this kind of situation, you can call McGraw & Strickland at: (575) 323-1529.

Las Cruces, NM

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