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NHP: ‘If You Drink, Think’
by Tribune Staff
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A Nevada Highway Patrol officer conducts a simulated field sobriety test on I-580 earlier this month. Similar tests were available to patrons participating in an alcohol awareness event Wednesday evening in Reno.
A Nevada Highway Patrol officer conducts a simulated field sobriety test on I-580 earlier this month. Similar tests were available to patrons participating in an alcohol awareness event Wednesday evening in Reno.
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RENO — Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol used recently received grant funding from the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force to host an “If You Drink, Think” event Wednesday evening in Reno.

The four-hour event took place at the 1864 Tavern in downtown Reno from and allowed patrons visiting the establishment that evening to log or track the amount of alcohol consumed, then gave them the opportunity to submit to field sobriety tests and a breath sample to learn their level of impairment.

Nevada Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Trooper Chuck Allen said the event helped increase awareness of how much alcohol it can take to impair individual people, rather than making a broad assessment of the general public. The individual who tracked the amount they drank can study how much alcohol consumption it takes before becoming inebriated beyond the legal limit.

“One of the most frequently and commonly asked questions in our profession is how much alcohol does it take for someone to become intoxicated at the .08 percent legal threshold?” Allen said in a press release. “Because each individual ingests and processes alcohol at a different rate, as well as some other issues such as the size and weight of a person and how much or little food might be in the stomach, can all factor into this equation differently.”

Troopers interacted with the public Wednesday evening to share traffic safety messages in light of the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend. The grant funding NHP received also allowed for Whittlesea Checker Taxi to offer rides to drinking attendees without a safe and sober driver with them. Allen said ensuring everyone was home safely was another goal of the event, which is one of many grant-funded awareness occurrences planned for the summer season.
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