The TABC and Austin Police Department announced that they are conducting a law enforcement effort to reduce the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people. It is a Class C misdemeanor if convicted. That means a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $500 and possibly up to a year in jail. If an intoxicated patron causes physical or material damage to himself or others, the seller / server could be sued in Civil Court under the Texas Dram Shop Act.
Texas Law defines intoxication as (A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or. (B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
Texas law defines Public Intoxication as: A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another. Get your TABC Certification Here
TABC and intoxicated people will be the main focus when TABC and other undercover police officers will be going in to bars and restaurants in the Austin 6th Street, Warehouse District, and other entertainment districts. They will be looking for bartenders and servers selling or providing alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons. The intent is to protect the public and the intoxicated person from harm. Intoxicated persons are more likely to be victims of assault, robbery, and sexual assault. They are more likely to cause injury to themselves and to other people.
Remember what you are told in your live Austin or online TABC Certification Class for selling and serving alcohol. Most bartenders and servers work for tips so the more you sell, the more tip potential. But also remember that no one is ever going to tip you enough to pay your fine and attorney fees. And you certainly don’t want to see someone get killed or injured.
Get your TABC Certification Online Here or come to one of my Live TABC Austin Classes. I will also come to your location to train all of your staff onsite. Call Thomas L. Conrad at (512) 217-4539 for more information. Blood Alcohol Concentration: BAC Chart for Women and Men from TABC Website