Or at least they shouldn't, as your chances of getting pulled over and arrested–even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit!–are pretty damn swell.
D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey yesterday defended officers who arrest drivers with blood alcohol levels below the legal limit, and amid growing criticism of the department's "zero tolerance" policy, he insisted that officers continue to be able to use their discretion.
"We do have a policy that if a person is driving a motor vehicle and appears to be impaired in any way, then they can certainly be charged and tried for driving under the influence," Ramsey said. "It's in the judgment of the arresting officer."
Whole Post account here.
This zero-sense, zero-tolerance policy courtesy of the same law-enforcement Einstein who recently cited higher rates of collisions after the installation of traffic surveillance cameras as a sign of that policy's success.