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Letter to the Editor: Suburban Cops Allowed to Work Half Drunk

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists finds it utterly unacceptable that any police agency would knowingly allow their officers to report to work with any level of alcohol in their system.

In response to NBC-TV news story “Many Suburban Cops Allowed to Work Half Drunk” which aired on local news February 14, 2013.

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) finds it utterly unacceptable that any police agency would knowingly allow their officers to report to work with any level of alcohol in their system.

We feel that departments that have a written clause in their union contracts that have an allowable illegal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08 with any blood alcohol content and permit officers to report for duty should rethink their policy.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) legal limits do not define a level below which it is safe to operate a vehicle or engage in some other activity. Impairment due to alcohol use begins to occur at levels well below the legal limit. AAIM feels that police agencies who currently allow BAC levels in the workplace should consider a zero tolerance policy as part of public safety.

Imagine the scenario of being in a bank while a robbery is in progress, and the officer who happens to respond to the call has a BAC of 0.08. There is no sense in permitting this behaivor, it places the general public at risk and is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Rita Kreslin

Editor's note: Letters to the Editor are presented as they are originally submitted by our readers. Palatine Patch neither agrees nor disagrees with the opinions presented. 

joy February 17, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Well thats ok, as long as you are ok w your surgeon operating on you in the same fashion. Lives are at risk in both instances. Better yet, your ER doctor. You know, he/she needs to kick back and have drink before his/her stressful shift.... Stupid.. Government.
Shawn February 18, 2013 at 02:20 AM
As for career choices perks Teacher= 3 months off + school vacation breaks Policeman = BAC <.08 allowed Illinois lawmaker gets both
Areyoukiddingme February 18, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Morons....writer and responders. Do you really believe cops are working with any alcohol in their systems? The clause in the contract is merely to avoid punishment. Any odor or sign of alcohol/drugs on an on duty Police Officer would likely result in the Officer being sent home. Its a stupid clause that ends up giving idiots like the aforementioned ammo to take pot shots.
Shawn February 18, 2013 at 05:35 PM
"To avoid Punishment" because a policeman shouldn't be punished for a bac less than .08 . The real private world punishes employees with alcohol on their breath. Why does the clause need to exist? Who does it protect (the police) and who does it possibly hurt (the public)? Your "Would likely be sent home" comment doesn't hold water because whatever that officer did before their alcohol consumption was discovered is now in question. Sent home with pay probably because it is in their contract right?
Brian Hickey February 20, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Good thing "areyoukiddingme " isn't a cop, huh?
Brian Hickey February 20, 2013 at 07:10 AM
And Schaumburg cops would never shake down drug dealers and sell a little product on the side for that 2nd home, eh? Well, only 3 of them. .... That we know of........
Valsy February 20, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Disgusting. Do as I say, not as I do.

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