The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commision has randomly begun raiding bars in the Dallas area, and arresting bar patrons, servers, bartenders, bar owners, and bar managers for overserving their customers.
Here's the story: http://www.restaurantedge.com/index.phtml?news=1&newsid=1394
Public intoxication in Texas .08, or roughly two drinks for the average person. Link: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/scrs/sls/FAQpi.htm
This is bad news for anyone who owns a bar or restaurant in Texas that serves alcohol.
First, bartenders and servers are trained to identify obvious causes of drunkeness, but they don't carry breathalizers to find out accurately how drunk their patrons really are.
Second, if bar patrons, servers, bartenders, bar owners and bar managers can be arrested on the spot for overserving, who in the hell would want to work or own a bar, and who in the hell would ever want to go out to party?
Lastly, it doesn't matter if you have a designated driver, either. If you are .08 or better, and have a designated driver, you're still going to get arrested.
This is law in Texas. If you don't like the law, you throw out the damn bums who put such rules into place! Two things are going to happen if this is allowed to continue:
1. Bars will go out of business because nobody will want to go out.
2. Nobody will want to work in the business because the threat of getting arrested could happen at any time.
This is a terrible, terrible policy in Texas, and it's a law that should get changed!