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In Vermont town, a round comes with a message from the police

If you order a beer in Bennington, Vt., this week, chances are that a subtle warning from the police will come with your Pilsner. The Bennington Police Department has distributed to bars and restaurants 200 pint glasses bearing its logos. "It's a...

If you order a beer in Bennington, Vt., this week, chances are that a subtle warning from the police will come with your Pilsner.

The Bennington Police Department has distributed to bars and restaurants 200 pint glasses bearing its logos.

"It's about alcohol awareness, trying to get people to drink responsibly and not drink and drive," Lt. Paul Doucette said. "When they see the police logo, maybe they'll stop and think."

The police handed out the glasses, which were donated by a glass company, to seven bars and restaurants in Bennington, a town of 15,000 in western Vermont. Doucette said the glasses were becoming a novelty in town, and other police departments were calling to replicate the program.

"Unfortunately, some of them will disappear because people do collect pint glasses," he said.

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T.J. Carmody, owner of Carmody's Pub, got about four cases of the glasses last week. He said customers were coming in and requesting the glasses, which are being rotated between the dining room and bar, so nondrinkers can also use a glass.

"We don't want people not to drink, but we want them to be aware that they can't drink and drive," Carmody said.

Mark Krause, 47, was drinking a Smithwick's out of a Bennington police glass on Friday afternoon at Carmody's. Krause said in a phone interview that he had waited to drink from a police glass.

"I think it's a great idea," he said. "If you're sitting at the bar and you're having a cocktail, most people spin the glass around to see the logo. This one makes that light bulb go off and you think about drinking and driving."

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