Whether it is meeting with a small group of friends or holding a virtual get together, the Pasadena Police Department encourages the public to celebrate the holiday responsibly by designating a sober driver.
On Cinco de Mayo, the Pasadena Police Department will have officers out in the community providing extra patrols and educating the public on how to monitor their alcohol intake and “know your limit.”
The “Know Your Limit” program is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and how little it takes to reach the legal limit to drive a vehicle. It is illegal for anyone 21 or older to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.
Officers may ask people they contact how many drinks they have consumed and whether they believe it is safe to drive. Officers will provide information on the impacts of alcohol on one’s ability to drive, and the consequences of a DUI.
“The goal is to help people understand the effects of alcohol so they can make smart decisions about how they get home,” Lieutenant Anthony Russo said. “It only takes a few drinks to impair, and that’s why it is important that people know their limit.”
A person’s height, weight, food intake, drug and/or medication use and how much they drink over a time period are all factors that affect their BAC.
According to the California Driver Handbook, it takes two drinks consumed within one hour by a woman between 120-160 pounds and three drinks by a man between 180-220 pounds to be over the legal limit. One drink is based on 1.5 oz. of liquor (40% alcohol), 12 oz. of beer (4.5% alcohol) or a 5 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol). The BAC lowers at a rate of .01% for every 40 minutes between drinks.