KC police to offer free Breathalyzer tests Friday night

Kansas City police want alcohol drinkers to “know their limits,” so officers will offer free Breathalyzer tests to patrons in the Waldo bar district tonight.

There will be no tickets or repercussions for participants regardless of their blood-alcohol levels, police said.

In an effort to prevent drunken driving, police want to educate people about their blood-alcohol content and how their bodies process alcohol. Officers will set up six mobile testing units from 7 to 11 p.m. near 75th Street and Wornall Road.

“The point is to let people know what their limits are by voluntarily blowing into the tubes with no repercussions,” Capt. Bob Zimmerman said in a press release. “Some people think they can handle liquor better than they actually can.”

Kansas City police borrowed the idea from Scottsdale, Ariz., which started the Know Your Limits program in 2009. This is the first such event in Kansas City.