AACEA Texas: Preventing DWIs After Getting Your TABC Certification
If you are currently in the hospitality industry in Texas and have already received your TABC Certification, you are probably aware of your responsibility to prevent intoxicated customers from getting behind the wheel of a car and driving away from your establishment.
In an ideal world, your customers would be aware of their drinking limits and would cut themselves off well before becoming intoxicated if they were planning to drive. Better yet, they wouldn’t have any alcohol if they were planning to drive. And if they did accidentally go over their limit, they wouldn’t even consider driving. Unfortunately, this ideal is far from the truth as there are 95,000 DWIs issued a year in Texas State, which amounts to approximately 260 DWIs per day.
Given your position, it is likely you will come across intoxicated customers while working and it is in your best interest to prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a car for a few reasons:
- For ethical reasons – if you can prevent something bad from happening it is always in your best interest to do so!
- To honor the cause of public safety
- To prevent legal action from happening against you and your workplace
So how can you intervene when a customer is intoxicated and is leaving the bar or when they insist on driving home? The best course of action is to try to reason with them – let them know you are looking out for their safety and don’t think it would be safe for them to drive. You can offer to help call a ride (Uber, Lyft, Taxi), coordinate to have one of their friends or family members take them home, insist they stay at the establishment a bit longer to sober up, perhaps with some water to help them hydrate or a meal to slow down their absorption rate, and even spurt out some statistics about DWIs or remind them about DWI patrols. If they still insist on driving, you can let them know you will have no choice but to call the police if they follow through.
We know this responsibility isn’t ideal, but it is unfortunately the reality whenever alcohol is involved. As someone who serves or sells alcohol, we recommend that you own this responsibility and allow it to empower the decisions you make while considering public safety.
If you need to renew your TABC Certification or haven’t taken a course yet, we welcome you to sign up for our Online TABC Alcohol Seller Server Training Course whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.