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Drooling While Intoxicated
Texas has found a way to prevent "drunk dialing" and myriad other forms of sloppy, drunken behavior. They're not going to wait for drunks to get behind the wheel. They'll just arrest them between margaritas!

Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission’s Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.

The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.

...Or get in some designated driver's car and throw up all over the new leather seats.

Posted by aalkon at March 23, 2006 8:20 AM

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picked that up on drudge today.
they even got people who were drunk in a hotel bar who also happened to be staying IN THE HOTEL.
land of the free, eh?

Posted by: g*mart at March 23, 2006 1:36 AM

I read the article on the hotel patrons, too. My favourite line was:
"Going to a bar is not an opportunity to go get drunk," TABC Capt. David Alexander said. "It's to have a good time but not to get drunk."

Oh, for heaven's sake. Talk about a nanny state! All the crime and social decay in the world and the Texas police are arresting people for enjoying a few drinks. People like, I don't know, three-quarters of my co-workers, who I've seen tipsy on multiple occasions.

I always thought someone got arrested for public drunkenness if they were being disorderly and obnoxious in public. Apparently, if I'm tottering down the street after a few after-work beers to go catch my bus home (in Texas at least), I now have to worry about being hauled off to the police station.

Posted by: Sheila at March 23, 2006 5:26 AM

As a former involuntary Texas resident, I would say that it's not the boozing that's the problem. It's the deplorable driving, and perhaps the state should institute new policies in that direction (e.g. Anyone wishing to obtain a license should be prevented from getting one.

Posted by: That Julia at March 23, 2006 7:12 AM

Dunno if this comment will go through, but we're rewriting an old Texas standard here.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at March 23, 2006 11:15 AM

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