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Old 03-22-06, 09:16 PM
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Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - 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.

"We feel that the only way we're going to get at the drunk driving problem and the problem of people hurting each other while drunk is by crackdowns like this," she said.

"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."

She said the sting operations would continue throughout the state.
Of course, you think that's riddiculous? Get this -- some of the arrests were at a hotel bar, and some of the people arrested were staying at the hotel.

Old 03-22-06, 09:28 PM
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I had the same reaction when I saw that headline... but I think they are combating the public drunkness aspect of being drunk (fighting, cursing, grabby hands from guys) which I;m all for
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They did this in Fairfax County, VA a while back. It was bullshit then, and it's bullshit now.
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I guess sending undercover agents into businesses hiring illegals is a bit too hard.

Get those drunks. They don't run that fast.
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I guess Texas cops have nothing better to do with their time anymore. They've executed everyone else.
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don't mess with texas
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Consider how many people die from drunk driving.....I'm guessing they've saved at least 1 life.

More power to 'em. May not be conventional...but it works.
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Originally Posted by leepyswetr
They did this in Fairfax County, VA a while back. It was bullshit then, and it's bullshit now.
Yes, and there was major backlash from it, so much that the police department issued a statement saying that all funding for such projects was removed.

That easily leaves them a window to 'fund' the project again, but not any time soon. I am glad the people here fought it, got the press and courts involved, and put an end to that madness.
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Originally Posted by FiveO
Consider how many people die from drunk driving.....I'm guessing they've saved at least 1 life.

More power to 'em. May not be conventional...but it works.
We could save many more lives by imposing a blanket 7PM curfew.

May not be conventional... but it works.
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If you ever see the victim of a drunk driving crash in person, dead in the car, come back and post it and tell us your thoughts.


Drunk driving is one of the most violent crimes today...and yet...we as a society think of it as an "accident"...its not.

If bringing on a 7pm curfew stops the 17,000 people a year from dieing as a result of drunk driving...I'm game.
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Originally Posted by FiveO
If you ever see the victim of a drunk driving crash in person, dead in the car, come back and post it and tell us your thoughts.

Drunk driving is one of the most violent crimes today...and yet...we as a society think of it as an "accident"...its not.
I'd agree with your post if every person hanging out at a bar that got shit faced drove there, but this isn't always the case. This type of police activity is complete bullshit IMO.
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Yep. I regularly go with my husband to a mexican restaurant that has a bar. He gets shitfaced on margaritas, tequila and beer while I just have coke. I drive home. So what if he is drunk at a bar. He's not driving home. I am.

If a cop came in and arrested him for being drunk, I'd make sure there would be hell to pay for that cop.

It's one thing to arrest people *outside* the bar acting drunk and fumbling with car keys. It's quite another to be arresting them inside the establishment.
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Maybe they should concentrate on things like people who are using fakes and stuff instead of people who are drinking at a bar legally (or... illegally apparently)?
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I agree with mllefoo and Obey The D, this is bullshit. That said from a lifelong and proud of it Texan.

Texas does have one of the highest drunk driving rates as far as I know but arresting people for being drunk isn't going to stop that.
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Originally Posted by FiveO
If you ever see the victim of a drunk driving crash in person, dead in the car, come back and post it and tell us your thoughts.


Drunk driving is one of the most violent crimes today...and yet...we as a society think of it as an "accident"...its not.

If bringing on a 7pm curfew stops the 17,000 people a year from dieing as a result of drunk driving...I'm game.
We could also do that by banning alcohol... no, wait, we've tried that.

How about banning cars? That'd work!
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Why not just close all the bars and ban booze. Fuck that's just about as crazy as this.
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Just ban people from leaving their house.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
Just ban people from leaving their house.

Nope. We need mandatory abortions for every child conceived. There are too many ways that they might be killed in this day and age. It's the only way to save lives.
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I wonder if they could crack down on people discharging firearms at gun clubs.

If bartenders can get sued for serving to a person who gets in a wreck, expect the police to get sued for not arresting guys that get into wrecks.

Gotta' love this country.
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I guess Ron White can't tell his Tater Salad joke anymore.
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Originally Posted by Obey The D
I'd agree with your post if every person hanging out at a bar that got shit faced drove there, but this isn't always the case. .This type of police activity is complete bullshit IMO.


Couldn't agree more. I have no problems with cops waiting outside to ambush the morons who are going to drive home. This is just bordering on absurdity.
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I knew there had to be repercussions from The Real World: Austin.
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Originally Posted by FiveO
If you ever see the victim of a drunk driving crash in person, dead in the car, come back and post it and tell us your thoughts.
I have seen several, and my thoughts are that they're awful. But bad things happen, often to good people who don't deserve it. That doesn't mean it's OK to waste resources to arrest someone who might commit a crime. It would be a better idea for the undercover cops to wait outside the bars and stop drunks who actually get in their cars.

Something tells me this is an attempt by a politacrat trying to look like they're doing their job by grabbing some media attention.

Originally Posted by FiveO
If bringing on a 7pm curfew stops the 17,000 people a year from dieing as a result of drunk driving...I'm game.
It scares me that there are actually law enforcement people out there who really do believe it's OK to go to any extreme in order to "protect" people.
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Originally Posted by Yahoo News
"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."

She said the sting operations would continue throughout the nanny state.
Fixed. I hear there are a lot of deaths as a result of eating poorly. Let's outlaw red meat and table salt.
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Originally Posted by Yahoo News
"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, adding

"People walk out into traffic
And get run over,
People jump off of balconies
Trying to reach a swimming pool.
Monkeys eat potatoes
And pretend they're chickens.
Yo. Cut it."
Fixed.

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