Police officers in Illinois are allowed to work ‘half-drunk’


Nina Golgowski
Daily Mail
February 16, 2013

COMMENT: Employed in the name of public safety, these officers target other drivers and even set up checkpoints for DUI and DWI while they are allowed to work — on highways and public roads — under the influence of alcohol themselves.

A shocking new report has uncovered union contracts that allow police officers in Illinois to show up for duty while ‘half-drunk’ or up to one-percent under the state’s legal limit.

Three departments in suburban Illinois permit alcohol limits of up to .05 while two others up to .079 – or one percentage below the state’s definition of being drunk – the report by the Better Government Association found.

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According to the report officers in Forest Park, Glendale Heights and South Barrington have a limit of .049 while officers in Elmwood Park and Oak Park must stay just beneath .08.

‘Some of these police officers are driving cars at high speeds, carrying guns, making arrests, and dealing with high stress situations, even though they have enough alcohol in their blood to be considered close to drunk,’ BGA president and CEO Andy Shaw told CBS Chicago.

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