VIDEO: Law - enforcer misuse of driver database soarsSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:15
VIDEO: Law - enforcer misuse of driver database soars
By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel
6:58 p.m. EST, January 22, 2013
Florida's driver-and-vehicle database, the system that can help law enforcement identify victims of fatal crashes and decipher the identity of a suspect, can be a useful tool for cops.
But the system — known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database — can also be easily abused.
Data obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show the number of Florida law-enforcement officers suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. skyrocketed last year.
At least 74 law enforcers were suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. in 2012, a nearly 400 percent increase from 2011, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.