There's a new app in the Apple App Store and the Google Market that allows users to calculate their estimated blood-alcohol concentration.
It's a new spin on something Attorney Jim McGee has been offering his clients for more than seven years. McGee has given his clients blood alcohol calculators so they can see if they're safe to drive.
"It's for people to try to be safe and I think that this can help. But, I wouldn't use this as the Bible," McGee said.
The free "Show Me My Buzz" app was created by the Department of Transportation in Missouri. It calculates an estimate based on how many drinks they've had, how long they've been drinking and their gender.
According to the Missouri DOT's assistant chief engineer, the new app is a creative way to get people talking about drinking and driving and then finding a sober driver. The app indicates that designating a driver is the safest option.
The BAC calculator is only a guide that calculates averages and alcohol can affect everyone differently. Food consumption, medication, health and psychological conditions can influence your BAC. The best plan is to designate a sober driver.
Sgt. Jerry Brewer from the New Hanover County Sheriff's office says this app should not be used to determine whether or not you're okay to drive after drinking.
"If it's incorrect, or you're incorrect it can end up costing quite a bit in your insurance as well as a DWI," Brewer said.
If you're using the app to decide whether or not to drive, Brewer said, you probably shouldn't be driving in the first place.
Jason Jackson, who owns Fat Boy's bar in Wilmington, said the app might open some customer's eyes so they don't drink and drive.
"Anything that will discourage people from driving, whether they've actually had too much to drink or not. Anything that's going to discourage that is always a good thing," Jackson said.
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