Monday morning, a live radio show will again warn New Year’s Eve partygoers about the dangers and consequences of navigating roadways while under the influence of alcohol.
The 19th annual “Don’t Drink and Drive Show” will air segments between 6 and 9 a.m. on local FM station 100.5, The Wolf. This year, law enforcement officers from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Bel Aire, Haysville and Maize will track the intoxication level of four volunteer drinkers and lead them through the battery of field sobriety and breath tests administered when drunken driving is suspected.
Legal professionals, including attorneys and two local traffic court judges, also will share their expertise during the broadcast.
In Kansas, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. A 150-pound person can exceed the limit in about two hours by consuming four or five beers, show organizer and local attorney Danny Saville said.
For a 180-pound person, it’s about six.
Nationwide, roughly 16,000 people die annually in alcohol-related crashes, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
“It’s about the message,” Saville said of the show. “ ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ ”