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Officers Put on Drinking Lab to Fight DUI's

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Most of us do not know how many shots out of alcohol we could drink and still be okay to drive.  So on Tuesday, police from across the region put on a drinking lab to observe what would be drunk drivers.

Police said driving drunk is a crime that kills and it happens every day.  So a twenty-four hour training course spread over the past several days is showing officers how to spot the signs of being drunk without relying on the portable breathalizer test.

Greg Maloney volunteered to drink then be put through several tests by officers.  He drank about nine shots of alcohol in three hours said he had no idea his body was showing signs of being drunk when he thought he'd be fine to get behind the wheel.

Groups of officers each evaluated drunk volunteers and compared notes on how to handle similar situations out on the road.

After having several drinks, all but one volunteer said they thought they could get behind the wheel and drive.