St. Louis Co. Police Enact Drinking Policy
CLAYTON (AP) - St. Louis County police are enacting a new alcohol policy for officer who drive patrol cars off-duty after an officer was videotaped drinking before driving.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the new requirement holds officers to the same standard as airline pilots and commercial truck drivers. Their blood-alcohol content cannot exceed 0.04 percent. That is half of the 0.08 percent standard in Missouri for being considered too drunk to drive.
The policy was adopted after 32-year-old Luke Lamb of Greenfield, Ill., received a speeding ticket in August from an off-duty officer, then videotaped the officer drinking before driving the marked patrol car.
Police Chief Tim Fitch says a zero alcohol content policy would be unreasonable.