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VIDEO: Law - enforcer misuse of driver database soars

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.

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Not surprising -- but what would be surprising is if any

charges were brought against the abusers.

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