Photo by John Schreiber.

Police will be going into bars and clubs in Pasadena Friday evening to educate patrons on how quickly their blood alcohol limit can rise to or surpass the legal limit.

Pasadena police officers will conduct the “Know Your Limit” program by asking bar customers and clubgoers what they believe their blood alcohol content is and whether they feel it would be safe to drive a car, according to a statement from the Pasadena Police Department.

Patrons will then be asked to blow into a breathalyzer to determine their true blood alcohol content, the statement said.

“It’s surprising for most how high their blood alcohol content is,” said Lt. Mark Goodman.

The legal blood alcohol limit for operating a motor vehicle in California is less than .08 percent.

The program is not intended as a scare tactic, but is designed to educate the community to designate a sober driver and make good choices, the statement said.

First-time DUI drivers in California can expect up to six months in jail or three years probation, legal costs of up to $10,000, a driver’s license suspension for up to six months and have their vehicle impounded.

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