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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Report: NFL to strengthen DUI policy news services

The NFL and its players' association are in discussions to strengthen penalties for drunken-driving offenses, is reporting.

According to the report, the league wants players who are convicted of such offenses to receive mandatory suspensions. A union source told that "players have been open to discussions and already discussed increasing discipline on DUIs."

The source added, however, that "other proactive measures beyond discipline need to be taken," including a demographic study of incidents to see if there is a trend to the arrests and a better system to communicate to players that a service is available to provide them rides when they have had too much to drink.

An announcement on stronger penalties for players convicted of drunken driving will not come, however, until the negotiations on HGH testing are finalized, the source told, because that agreement will have an effect on other league policies, including the personal conduct policy.

According to a U-T San Diego database of NFL arrests, 10 players have been arrested on drunken-driving related charges since the beginning of the year. 

Last December, former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was involved in a car wreck in which teammate Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the practice squad, was killed. Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit in Texas and he is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge.