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Road safety breath tests for holiday weekend

People will be able to take part “mock sobriety tests” over the next public holiday weekend, the Bermuda Road Safety Council said today.

The scheme will run during the weekend of Labour Day, which falls on September 7.

Dennis Lister III, the chairman of the council, said: “This initiative was launched over the Cup Match holiday and it proved to be effective and successful.

“The purpose of the mock sobriety test is two-fold, as it is an educational and preventive tool for the council to use.

“The tests are being conducted to teach people what their blood alcohol level is and how drinking affects them.”

Mr Lister said that the legal limit in Bermuda was 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

He added: “Knowing how many drinks this constitutes will help people to make better decisions when it comes to drinking.

“As a preventive tool, this will help to identify people who have been drinking and are over the limit — providing them the opportunity to not drive while intoxicated and they can get an alternate way home.”

Mr Lister said: “The council would like to thank those that have participated in the tests so far and encourage the public to attend the booth, to ‘Blow Before You Go'.

“Take a blow on the Draeger breath analyser instrument, get a reading of your alcohol limit and know what your level is.”

The location of the booth will be announced later.

Bermuda Road Safety Council chairman Dennis Lister III (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm (Updated August 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm)

Road safety breath tests for holiday weekend

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