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TheMontgomery County District Attorney response van hit the streets of theWoodlands Wednesday afternoon.  It's part of a message being sent tobartenders in the township as we approach the Fourth of July.

AssistantDistrict Attorney Tyler Dunman is spearheading the effort. He says, " Iguess it's been about six months we arrested a bartender here.".

Dunman willbe going from bar to bar in Waterway Square telling the managers and serversabout their responsibility.

The Cars andBars task force got underway in Montgomery County last year after a tragicscene on I-45 near the woodlands.   In a 48 hour period two differentdrivers,  allegedly intoxicated, went the wrong way on theinterstate.  When the dust settled five people were killed in the twocrashes.

Brad Martinis the manager at Grimaldi's in the Woodlands.  He says they refuse to puttotal responsibility on their bar patrons.  He warns his staff to knowtheir customers limits as the Fourth approaches.

Martin says,"I definitely want to give them the power to cut someone off after allit's the people we're trying to take care of."

A bartendercould be charged with a misdemeanor if they over serve.  That's  twoyears in jail... But should they car that burden for adults who are capable ofmaking their own choices on the stool at the bar?  That's the question weput to some in the Woodlands.

Their opinionsvaried depending on the person we asked.

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