Avoiding a DUI as easy as BAC

Avoiding a DUI as easy as BAC

Herald staff demonstrate how blood-alcohol content equates to impaired functioning
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Chase Olivarius-McAllister, a reporter with The Durango Herald, undergoes a preliminary breath test at the Durango Police Department substation at Three Springs. Drinkers often have difficulty judging how intoxicated they are.
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Chase Olivarius-McAllister, left, and Sarah Silvernail take part in a blood alcohol content demonstration recently at the Durango Police Department substation at Three Springs. Silvernail, the smallest participant, became intoxicated much more rapidly.
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Shane Benjamin, left, attempts to walk a straight line while Jerry McBride, center, and Ted Holteen deal with their own intensified inebriation. Officers look at not only how well subjects perform maneuvers but also how well they follow directions.
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Sarah Silvernail undergoes a field sobriety maneuver that entails following the officer’s finger.
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Shane Benjamin

Height: 5 feet, 6 inches

Weight: 155

Ate: Kale chips, salad, smoothie



BAC after …



2 beers, 30 minutes: 0.041%

3 beers, 50 minutes: 0.63%

4 beers, 1:20 hours: 0.065%

6 beers,...

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