Take Me Drunk, I'm Home

The state of Texas has decided to arrest people for being drunk. While they're drinking in bars.

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 [Carolyn Beck] said on Wednesday.

The first Big Sting netted 30 drunk people over 36 bars. Can you say "easiest job ever"? Anyway, just because a person is in a bar, doesn't mean that they're exempt from the public drunkeness law in TX. The object of this "crackdown" is to stop people from doing stupid things after they leave the bar--like drive or run out in the middle of the street and get run over. Says Beck:

"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."

Do the officals have a way to predict the future and know just what someone might do? What if they are completely wasted but have a designated driver? They won't be harming anyone, since that's their stated goal of prevention. I wonder, though, if this will be used as some kind of "look what good we did" platform for someone's political campaign. I mean, it's like shooting fish in a barrel, no?

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