Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk
Undercover agents pursue inebriates in a pre-emptive strategy
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - 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 commissionâ€™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.
â€œWe feel that the only way weâ€™re going to get at the drunk driving problem and the problem of people hurting each other while drunk is by crackdowns like this,â€ she said
â€œThere are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when theyâ€™re intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car,â€ Beck said. â€œPeople walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss.â€
She said the sting operations would continue throughout the state.