Article from Devastatin' Daves blog.
What a sad state of affairs this is. The state of Texas is actually arresting people in bars for being drunk. They have the nerve to use the state's public intox law as a basis for their arrests.
Some excerpts...(DD's comments in bold)
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.
Bars are privately owned and, thus, it strains credulity that they're using public intox laws. Are they gonna start arresting people for public intox at backyard BBQs and frat houses, too?
Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.
I don't think this statement would hold up well to a court challenge.
The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.
What if the drunk in question has a designated driver or is catching a cab?
"There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they're intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car," Beck said. "People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss.
"Ms. Beck, at least they have the excuse of being intoxicated. What's your excuse? You're supposedly sober.
In a just world, here's what should happen:
Alcohol nannies: Sir, we have reason to believe that you are intoxicated
Bar patron: No shit, Sherlock, it's called being in a bar
Alcohol nannies: Sir, we're placing you and your buddies under arrest for public intox.
Bar patron: You and your flunkies have two choices - either sit down and drink with us or commence to getting your sorry asses whupped by some Texans.