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Officers train to catch drunk drivers

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's the holiday season, and if you celebrate with cocktails Clinton Police are making sure officers target you. 

Patrol officers are undergoing special state DUI training to recognize drivers who shouldn't be behind the wheel.

A holiday party Wednesday, hosted in a controlled environment in Clinton, trained law officers on how to spot a drunk driver.

Volunteers were given alcoholic beverages, monitored and then tested by officers to determine their level of impairment. 

"With Christmas and New Year's coming up, we're just trying to make sure that the people, the citizens, know that they need to get a designated driver and be safe," said Clinton P.D. DUI Officer Chip Roberts. "And if they're not, we're gonna have officers out there that know how to tell if they're impaired."

The volunteer party goers were given verbal commands and put through the walk and turn, the leg stand and the eye test to detect involuntary eye jerking. These roadside examinations which can detect alcohol consumption.

After more than a few beverages, one volunteer had tremendous difficulty performing the leg stand.

It requires holding your foot parallel to the ground for 30 seconds.

"There's also cases where people may exhibit tendencies of impaired driving and maybe that have not been drinking and these tests will give them a quick indication of whether or not that person is impaired or they have some infirmity," said Clinton Police Chief Michael Warren.

Breathalyzers detected the volunteer's actual alcohol level which authorities say correlates with their ability to perform field sobriety tests.

The 3 day Field Sobriety class ends Thursday and is put on by the state Office of Highway Safety.

All volunteers were given safe rides home. 

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