How would you like to learn your tolerance level to alcohol and do your civic duty by drinking enough to get impaired while in a safe, controlled environment?

The First Time You Take a Breath Test Shouldn't be When You Are Under Arrest.

This is another Practical Prevention Program brought to you by and your local law enforcement agency- – STOPPED stands for: Straight Talk on Practical Prevention, Education & Defense. 

This is an ongoing practical prevention program that combines additional DUI training for law enforcement and an alcohol educational-prevention program designed to help citizens learn their alcohol tolerance level with an evidentiary breath test machine and test their normal capacities by performing standardized field sobriety tests without being under arrest. The program is a win-win, with officers receiving additional training and citizens learning about their alcohol tolerance levels in addition to learning about the legal ramifications of being arrested for DUI. 

This multi-purpose training program that benefits everyone so it's very important that we actually get the volunteers intoxicated so that the new recruits and rookie officers can practice what they have been taught in class and to have them and actually see the clues of impairment in a person’s eyes.  And the benefit for the volunteers is is that they get to take a breath test without being under arrest. Most DUI’s are the result of an error in judgment because after drinking alcohol most people don’t know that they are over the .08 legal threshold of if they are impaired beyond their normal capabilities.  

In this practical prevention and  DUI training and program, the volunteers show up and drink for a couple hours. Police take measurements of their weight and height, and based on those numbers, each volunteer is given a limit of how much they can drink in a specific time. Halfway through the class, the police stop the drinkers to test the amount of alcohol in their system with a breathalyzer test. The objective is to get the volunteers to anywhere from a .08 to a .12.

But, while the volunteers are tossing back tequila, they're also discovering their own tolerance. The volunteers are asked them each time they take a breath test, if they feel like they could drive a car at that point, and more often than not, most say, “Yes, they would drive” and they're above a .08 at that point.  Volunteers do not drive or operate a car; instead, the simulation starts with them sitting in the driver's seat, as if they've just been pulled over.

After verifying that the volunteers are over the .08 limit, they are sent  into the training area, where the volunteers are put through a DUI investigation. The volunteers are tested by the recruits and rookies in a drunk driving scenario from being approached by the officer while sitting in their car, they are asked for their license, registration and insurance card, then they are asked by the officer to exit the vehicle so to conduct standardized field sobriety tests (FST's). The officers administer the HGN (eye test), the walk and turn test, and the  one legged stand.  

As for the liquor the taxpayers can rest easy, the liquor is donated by restaurant associations and manufacturers. After the seminar the volunteers are given a ride home with a participating Taxi-Cab company free of charge.

So if you've got a free night, drink a few from bartenders with badges. you'll not only be learning your tolerance level but you’ll giving back to society. Contact for the nearest participating law enforcement agency near you or if you would like to be put on the list to be a volunteer drinker. 

“Remember, together all of us can stop DUI, it all starts with the YOU in us.”

Stephen F. Daniels