Here’s an interesting glimpse into Bend’s drinking habits. According to the Bend Police Department, most St. Patrick’s Day revelers who volunteered to take a breathalyzer test were, contrary to popular opinion, at or below the legal threshold for intoxication (or at least the standard developed by the state for enforcing DUI laws).
Of the nearly 90 party goers who offered to take a demonstration test, just under 20 people measure above .1 on the intoxilyzer (a press release from the Bend PD did not differentiate those who were at .08, the legal limit and those at .09 just above the legal limit for driving). Nearly half of all voluntary participants tested at .06 or below, though a significant chunk of the population sample (23 people) turned up right in the gray zone, between .07 and .09
Police set up the demonstration booth at the corner of Wall and Oregon and the Wells Fargo parking lot and conducted the tests between 7 pm and 9:30pm.
As an aside, it would have been interesting to see how revelers fared on the test if it had been conducted between the hours of say 11pm and 1 am. We’re guessing maybe, not quite as well.