One of the most disturbing factors in drunk driving cases is when the intoxicated driver is an officer of the law or otherwise public representative. On the one hand, they spend their professional lives creating and enforcing rules and regulations that ‘the average citizen’ is expected to adhere to; while on the other hand ‘they’ do not feel these same laws apply to them. Consider the following drunk driving reports.
*In a ‘blue collar’ town last month a police officer in his late twenties was driving a vehicle owned by the town when he lost control and wrecked it. Fellow officers responding to the scene determined that the driver was intoxicated – with a blood alcohol content level nearly twice the legal limit. The officer remains on the job while the charges are pending – he faces a revocation of his license for at least a year and other consequences.
*A police officer in his thirties with twelve years on the force under his belt was involved in an accident in upstate New York that put him in the hospital. It was determined that he was driving while intoxicated. In this case, the officer is expected to be off the job and mending for several months (at the taxpayer’s expense). Meanwhile, comments from representatives of the police force have included such things as ‘he’s a good cop’ to ‘the situation is unfortunate’.
In American society those who have been injured by a drunk driver deserve a chance to get civil justice and the potential for punitive damages. The criminal justice system should apply equally to all Americans regardless of their status in society.
Greg Baumgartner helps victims of DWI accidents seek civil justice. To speak with a Houston dwi accident attorney call Greg Baumgartner.
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