As Florida Lawyers helping the surviving victims of deadly car accidents, we are certainly glad to hear of recent reports which illuminate a serious issue affecting all drivers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches; that police officers regularly disregard the very traffic laws they are sworn to enforce. Often, the speeding police officers are not even responding to a crime, but simply driving to and from work.
Having had the opportunity to assist victims of car accidents caused by such speeding officers, we know too well that these reckless officers usually face no repercussions from the court system, as their fellow officers routinely fail to issue any citations. Also, rarely do official reports regarding such accidents ever find that the speeding officer was at fault.
Over the past eight years, speeding officers caused the wrongful deaths of more than twenty Floridians, who were just minding their own business. Not surprisingly, few of these officers even faced any internal discipline.
While we are thankful for the dedication police officers have to their jobs and the communities they serve, we agree that the culture of protecting one’s own, needs to be brought to light to hopefully save the lives of other innocent drivers and pedestrians.