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Old 07-07-06, 03:53 PM
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New Alcohol Law in Austin - Please explain the point

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=5102993

New Rules For Alcohol In Local Parks

This week, Travis County commissioners approved new rules when it comes to drinking alcohol in local parks. These new rules will effect 25 popular park areas in the county.

These rules focus on safety. The one that stands out involves alcohol. You can still drink it, but just not in plain sight.

Starting this weekend, if park rangers see a person drinking out of any kind of alcoholic beverage container, he or she will get a warning to pour it in a cup or conceal it. The new rule is supposed to keep people more responsible.

Brandishing beer will prompt rangers to investigate whether or not a person is intoxicated. The aim is to cut down the number of alcohol-related accidents each year.

"If people are going to drink at the lake, they're going to drink at the lake. Having a plastic cup is not going to deter anyone from drinking, especially if they're worried about someone drinking to excess," Jacqui Shine who is visiting Pace Bend said.

Of course, the rules prohibit glass containers. Authorities say they'll give out warnings for public display of consumption of alcohol for the first 45 days. After that, they will kick people out of the park.
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They're hoping to keep people from expanding Hippie Hollow to encompass the entire circumference of Lake Travis.
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I think it's more to lessen the influence on children/teenagers.

They have the same law here in CA. Everyone's ok here!
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Clearly this is just legislation pushed through by the beer bong manufacturers to get drinkers to quit drinking their beer out of cans and bottles.
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Beer companies hire people to drink their beer in public in an effort to market their product. They are trying to prevent that.
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even though it doesnt seem like it, it will reduce the amount of alcohol consumed in public, and the glass safety thing too.

does putting the 40 in a brown paper bag count?
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Washington State University prepared me for stealth drinking, so this should be easy.
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Only one point....

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Would this work?

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the stock in brown paper bags is on the rise
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The plastic industry has a crazy good lobbyist group.

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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin
Beer companies hire people to drink their beer in public in an effort to market their product.

Where do I send my resume?
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
Clearly this is just legislation pushed through by the beer bong manufacturers to get drinkers to quit drinking their beer out of cans and bottles.
Incidentally, beer bongs are banned (effective today) from the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels, a popular tubing community just about 50 miles south of Austin.

They took me from zero to shitty in 20 seconds last month (one got me drunk enough to do a 2nd within 2 minutes), and I really don't need it to happen again at my age.
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The brown paper bag lobby speaks, Austin listens.
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Weird laws, but they make things easy for the odd, clever drunk. 7-11 offers a line of Big Gulp cups that you can use in the office if you so choose (assuming your co-workers don't have noses). On the lake- anything goes with a Big Gulp ("Jump on that JetSki, boy!") In the park ("That duck done done me wrong Evelyn!" *break into tears*).

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Sounds like a compromise. Was there a push for banning all alcohol in parks recently?
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Do the rules prohibit drinking alcohol from "alcohol containers" or just using "alcohol containers" as the drinking vessel? If it's the later, then it's just preventing advertising (which could be seen to be against free speech).

What if someone fills an old beer can with water?
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You'd need a mighty big cup to pour the beer from your keg into. I realize it's Texas, but do they make cups that big?
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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin
Beer companies hire people to drink their beer in public in an effort to market their product.
how much does this job pay?
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