New Tactic: Preemptive Arrest
The latest in the War on Drunk Driving: arrest folks before they commit the crime:
Bar Sweep Sparks Controversy
Dallas, March 22. NBC5 News. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission sent a message to bar patrons last week.
TABC agents and Irving police swept through 36 Irving bars and arrested about 30 people on charges of public intoxication. Agency representatives say the move came as a proactive measure to curtail drunken driving.
North Texans interviewed by NBC 5, however, worried that the sweep went too far. At one location, for example, agents and police arrested patrons of a hotel bar. Some of the suspects said they were registered at the hotel and had no intention of driving. Arresting authorities said the patrons were a danger to themselves and others…
TABC officials said the sweep concerned saving lives, not individual rights.
Individual rights? Haven’t they heard of the “DUI Exception to the Constitution”? (And so much for designated drivers, calling a taxi, walking home, etc.: now you get arrested for being a potential drunk driver — even, apparently, if you don’t have a car to drive.)
(Thanks to Jon Lucca.)