Over two dozen drinking demonstrations will be held across Iowa today by those pushing to lower the legal limit for judging drunk drivers. The exercise is called “oh-eight” on August 8th, which happens to be 08/08, digitally. “Controlled drinking” demonstrations will be staged in 26 Iowa cities. Participants will be given sobriety tests — like “touch your nose” — and a breath test. Pete Grady of the State Prosecutors Training Council says the idea is to highlight how drunk you are when your blood alcohol level gets to point-oh-8 (.08).A 150 pound person would have to drink just under four cans of beer in an hour to reach the point-oh-eight blood alcohol level. Iowa’s current standard for judging drunk drivers is point-one-oh. Point-oh-eight seminars will be held today in Adel, Anamosa, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Clear Lake, Coralville/Iowa City, Corydon, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fairfield, Grundy Center, Hampton, Indianola, Johnston, Logan Center, Marshalltown, Mount Ayr, Nevada, Red Oak, Sioux City, Washington and Waterloo.
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