Tuesday, March 28, 2006

What is the World Coming To?

From the New Jersey Lawyer Daily Briefing (email newsletter):

TEXAS NAILING DRUNKS … IN BARS

Like shooting fish in a barrel, agents for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Texas are bellying up to the bar to apprehend drinkers for being drunk. Since being in a bar is no exception to the state’s laws on public drunkenness, undercover agents have started conducting sting operations. The first, conducted recently at 36 licensed drinking establishments in a Dallas suburb, yielded the arrest of 30 people for public intoxication. According to state officials, the goal is to nail drunken drivers before they get behind the wheel. “There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they’re intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car,” said ABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck. “People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss.” In New Jersey, bartenders are required to stop serving patrons who’ve imbibed too much. 3-28-06

1 comment:

Michelle said...

So, who's to say that those who have had a little too much won't be giving their car keys to a friend, or calling a cab? What the fuck? So now we can't have too much to drink in a BAR? What the hell's the point? It sounds like the cops really need to find better things to do in Texas. Can't they arrest people for inbreeding...They'd make a killing down there.