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University implements breath tests at football games to weed out inebriated students

Students at the University of Minnesota football games who show signs of inebriation, such as excessive rowdiness, could be asked to take a breath test. If they fail, they won’t be allowed back in the stadium. In addition, their student ID card or season ticket could be flagged, which means they’ll have to take a breath test the next time they show up for a game. The stadium is dry but there are tailgate parties as well as bars located nearby.

The school’s program, called “Check BAC” (blood alcohol content), is similar to one the University of Wisconsin at Madison implemented. This past football season Wisconsin had 81 underage students and 54 students of legal drinking age ejected for drunken behavior and required to take a breath test at subsequent games, said a university spokesperson. None failed future breath tests, the spokesman added.

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