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Keep the Holidays Safe: Don’t Drink and Drive

Keep the Holidays Safe: Don’t Drink and Drive

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

A drunk driver recently drove his van into an off-duty NYC police officer. While the drunk driver, Michael Bowen, was only slightly injured in the auto accident, Officer Andre Menzies was killed, leaving behind his wife and two children.

The risks and potential consequences of drunk driving cannot be overstated.

Bowen was arrested and charged with DWI and reckless driving. In New York, drunk-driving-related car wrecks that involve fatalities also usually merit felony manslaughter charges, but at this time, it’s unclear whether Bowen will be charged with manslaughter.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that a 17-year-old pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver.

In regard to these two accidents — which we contend aren’t really accidents but more along the lines of intentional criminal behavior — Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Make no mistake about it, we are determined to stop drunk driving now — before the holiday season gets into full swing.”

In related incidents with facts that were reversed, an off-duty NYC police officer was arrested on Thanksgiving for driving while intoxicated. He was found passed out at the steering wheel. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Officer Anthony Rodriguez was the fifth officer charged with a crime that week.

Sources: Off-duty NYC police officer killed in LI car crash

Off-duty NYPD cop arrested on DWI charges
Category: Car Accidents
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