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06/10/05 - Angelina County

Authorities Get Ready For BYOB Concert

by Ramonica R. Jones

Lufkin police won't be at the Clay Walker concert, but they will be near the expo center that night, making sure concert-goers and other drivers are safe on the streets.

Lufkin Police Officer Toby Stanaland, said, "Anytime you have a big event [or] a big gathering [and] you have BYOB, there's always greater chances for people to violate the laws, to be in possession of more than they're supposed to be, having open containers in the vehicles, as well as DWI. The DWI is pretty simple - if you drink, you drive, you go to jail."

Following concert rules won't be limited to adults, but some are worried the BYOB format will cause problems, like underage drinking.

Phyllis Grandgeorge, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, said, "BYOB opens the door to a very laxed ability to manage where the alcohol is consumed and who consumes the alcohol, so the lack of regulations with BYOB really can create problems that many people are not prepared to deal with."

Even though this concert will be a BYOB event, Angelina is still a dry county.

Possession of alcohol in a dry area is limited to one case of beer or one quart of liquor per person. Anything more that that is called bootlegging.

All laws, especially related to alcohol, will be enforced, including the state's open container law.

"Any open container in a motor vehicle, any bottle of liquor that has a broken seal on it, or any open can or bottle of beer, is punishable by a fine, and the driver is responsible for all those violations," said Stanaland.

Concert organizers hope allowing customers to bring their own alcohol to the expo center will help make the night enjoyable, but there will be no tolerance for people who try to break the laws.

The Clay Walker concert is June 25th at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Expo Center in Angelina County.

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