As New Year’s Eve draws near, volunteers and law enforcement will help remind local radio listeners of the dangers of drinking and driving during Friday’s morning commute.
Authorities will conduct periodic breath and field sobriety tests on four people during the “Don’t Drink and Drive Show,” set to broadcast live 6-9 a.m. from the Loony Bin Comedy Club on local FM radio station 100.5 The Wolf.
The show, in its 18th year, is designed to help listeners observe how intoxication progresses over a more than three-hour period as volunteers drink until their blood alcohol concentration exceeds Kansas’ legal driving limit of .08.
It usually takes a 150-pound person two hours and just four or five beers to reach the limit, event organizer Danny Saville said.
For a 180-pound person, it’s about six.
“New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest drinking times of the year,” said Saville, also a local criminal defense attorney. “A lot of people go out to parties and drink. We’re just trying to get the point across that you should go have a good time, but don’t drink and drive.”
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Park City, Bel Aire, Maize and Haysville police departments are expected to participate. Volunteers also will try other devices such as beer goggles, a DUI simulator and ignition locks.
“We’re not saying don’t drink, we’re just saying plan accordingly,” Saville said. “Get a designated driver.”