Recently, TABC officials have been participating in alcohol stings, where they go into bars and write citations to bar patrons who are drunk. This is all an attempt to crackdown on public intoxication.
But, the program has received a lot of criticism. TABC officials appeared before the senate and house to explain the program. The program is supposed to curb drinking and driving. Drug and alcohol abuse advocates say the program could help deter public intoxication.
Phyllis Grandgeorge, of the drug & alcohol abuse council, said, "They are looking at public safety issues, they don't want to infringe upon anyone's rights, but they are looking for people who are staggering around drunk, so that they don't leave there and get on the highway driving."