It's one of the biggest party weekends of the year, St.
Patrick's Day. And police say that leads to more drunk drivers.
"Some people then tend to make that decision to drive
when they've had too much to drink," said
Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Rich Reichenberger. "You
know there is nothing wrong with going out and having a good time, it's when it
becomes an issue when you get behind the wheel and you don't have someone sober
State patrol officials say last St. Patrick's Day weekend, 4 people
died in car crashes in Wisconsin.
This year they're trying to make that number zero.
To do that, the State Department of Transportation has
launched a new app.
"There's a BAC estimator," said
Wisconsin State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable. "So
you can put in your gender, your weight, about how many drinks you've had over
what period of time and it gives you kind of a gestimate as to where you might
be as far as your BAC is concerned."
There's also impairment goggles, these let you see how
alcohol affects your vision.
The app also includes a spin-the-bottle game to pick a
But authorities aren't just relying on new technology. State
Patrol plans to have more officers on the roads this weekend.