Few things can be more frustrating than when the law is not enforced in a consistent or uniform manner. Men and women in Georgia have no other option but to consider the law biased when they see some punished for a crime while others are let off for the same offense.
Recently in the Atlanta area, it appeared that one drunk driver received preferential treatment by law enforcement. The 39-year-old man posed just as much of a threat as anyone else who is driving drunk. Furthermore, he was seen speeding at 91 mph on Georgia Route 400.
Police pulled the man over and initially treated him like everyone else. Law enforcement administered a field sobriety test that proved the man had trouble keeping his balance. The man was also forced to take an alcohol breath test, which revealed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.126, higher than the legal limit of 0.08.
However, the thing that set this man apart from all other Atlanta motorists was the fact that he was a diplomat for Mexico, who was serving at the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta. For this reason, the man was not arrested and would avoid time behind bars.
The diplomat could not be detained on orders from the Diplomatic Security Service, even if his actions were potentially harmful to innocent men and women on the roads.
The director for Georgia's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving voiced concern in the matter, saying that when it comes to putting lives at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol, justice should be blind to an individual's status.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Diplomatic immunity keeps Mexican official out of jail," Christian Boone, April 24, 2012
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