According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.
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wo police sergeants in another state drove another officer home after they stopped him for suspected impaired driving. The sergeants were reprimanded after they failed to report the incident to superiors.
The incident began when an off-duty officer stumbled out of a bar and then drove away, nearly hitting a taxi. Numerous motorists reported a vehicle swerving in traffic.
The two sergeants pulled over the motorist and discovered it was the off-duty officer. They did not perform a field sobriety test and instead drove him home. They did not report the incident to their superiors.
As a result of the reprimand the sergeants face a two-year ban on promotions, transfers or special assignments. The off-duty officer received a five-day suspension, random drug and alcohol testing and revoked use of his take-home patrol car for a year.
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