Drunk Yet? There’s an App For That!

Brett Blume

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  So you’re sitting in a bar, wondering if you’ve had too many.

Well, now there’s an app for that!

MoDOT is launching a new smartphone application to help people “make smarter choices” about designating a sober driver, by simply turning to their smartphones.

It works like this: you’ve downed a few and you’re starting to feel the effects.

Take out the smartphone and look up the “Show Me My Buzz” app, then enter vital information like how many drinks you’ve had, your gender, and your weight.

Out pops your estimated blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC

“Drinking is always a bad decision because even a small amount of alcohol affects your reflexes,” according to MoDOT assistant chief engineer Don Hillis.  “This new app is a creative way to get people talking about the subject and then finding a sober driver.”

In case you come out on the wrong side of Missouri’s .08 BAC legal limit, the app even provides the phone number of a nearby cab company.

“The added feature of finding a phone number for a taxi in more urban locations takes away one more excuse for a person who has been drinking,” says Hillis.  “It is easy to just touch the button to call a cab.”

He’s also quick to point out that the BAC calculator is only a guide that calculates averages.

Hillis points out that alcohol affects everyone differently, with other factors being food consumption, medication, health, and even psychological conditions.

The app launches as law enforcement agencies across the state increase DWI enforcement efforts from August 19th through September 5th, Labor Day.

During last year’s “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state made 909 DWI arrests.

Also in 2010, 207 people were killed and hundreds more seriously injured in crashes involving a driver who was under the influence. 

Missouri’s only the 2nd state in the nation to make something like this available, after Colorado.



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