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Busting bartenders for creating drunk drivers

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Busting bartenders!  It's an undercover sting meant to curb alcohol related traffic accidents in Montgomery County.

The district attorney's office and local law enforcement agencies have teamed up to create "Cars and Bars".

The first mission landed 24-year-old Chelsea Willburn in jail.  Agents claim to have seen her over-serve a customer at the Baker Street Pub and Grill in the Woodlands.

Restaurants and bars will be selected at random throughout the holidays.  Bartenders are advised to be aware of intoxication signs and symptoms.

"We look for eyes.  Are they getting glossy, glazed, if they're swaying when they walk, speech is slurred," Little Woodrow's bartender Rachel Chapman said.

Aside from that Lt. Ryan Decuire with the Tobacco, Alcohol and Beverage Commission says extra staffing should also be a requirement on particularly busy nights at the bar.

"Having some employees that are, quote, undercover walking around working for the establishment and able to pick out those intoxicated people sitting at the tables and letting management know before they walk up to the bar is a very good tool."

Lt. Decuire also mentioned in the state of Texas you don't have to be seller-server certified to work as a bartender or waitress.  But it's best to have a fully trained staff since often times should something happen.

"Unless it's involving a serious bodily injury or death stems from the violation then the employee can still face criminal charges but it's not likely the business will have to pay a fine or civil penalty" he says.

It's sort of like establishment protection and it's important since ultimately it's not only the serves taking orders but calling the shots when it comes to how much one should consume.

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