The Missouri Department of Transportation is promoting it’s app for Sunday’s festivities. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to program administrator Bill Whitfield:
Super Bowl Sunday is reportedly one of the biggest days for alcohol consumption among Americans and many may find themselves wondering if they’re sober enough to drive once the big game is finished. Whitfield says there’s an app for that. “If anyone has had any alcohol whatsoever, they should never make the choice to drive a vehicle,” said Whitfield, “This app has a way for users to enter in the number of drinks consumed and body weight. It will then make a calculation in terms of what your blood-alcohol concentration might be.”
According to the spokesman, another feature may be of even greater value. “It’s not an official reading and should never be used to make the determination that it’s safe to drive,” said Whitfield, “It does give you some readings on that, but, more importantly, there’s an area on the application that will bring up local cab areas so users can get a safe ride home.”
The app is available at the Apple App Store and in the Google market.
Super Bowl party planning is in full swing statewide. As you plan gatherings with friends to root on your favorite team, MoDOT sends a quick reminder of the Show Me My Buzz smartphone application that can aid in making smart choices about designating sober driving.
The “Show Me My Buzz” free smartphone app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Market, allows users to calculate their estimated blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) based on the number of drinks consumed, the length of time since the first drink, body weight and gender.
“Drinking and driving is always a bad decision because even a small amount of alcohol affects your reflexes,” said Don Hillis, MoDOT’s assistant chief engineer. “This app is a creative way to get people talking about the subject and thinking about pre-designating a sober driver.”
The app emphasizes that designating a driver who has not consumed alcohol is the only safe option. It even provides the phone number of a local cab company.
“The added feature of finding a taxi in more urban locations takes away one more excuse for a person who has been drinking,” said Hillis. “It’s easy to simply touch the button to call a cab.”
The BAC calculator is a guide that calculates averages. Alcohol affects everyone differently. Influencing factors include food consumption, medication, health and psychological conditions. The best plan is to always designate a sober driver. A sober driver is someone who has not had anything to drink.
Download the free “Show Me My Buzz” app on your smartphone today.
For more information, visit www.modot.org.