A Jacksonville Beach police officer will have to give up 50 hours of vacation time as his punishment for causing a motorcycle accident that seriously injured the rider. According to a story, the motorcycle accident in Florida happened on Florida A1A last May. The officer who has worked for Jacksonville Beach for 20 years was found to have violated police policy by failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. The man was ejected from his motorcycle and fractured his left leg. The officer said he just failed to see the motorcycle in the left lane.
When the accident occurred, the officer has just concluded six months of probation for showing up off-duty but intoxicated at the police department. Police Chief Bruce Thomasson says, “It was clear that your actions were both negligent and careless.” Thomasson says that the officer has positives on his record as well.
Five days of vacation is equal to 50 hours because police work in ten hour shifts.
Although a civilian would likely receive a stiffer punishment, it’s good to see that this wasn’t just covered up. Neither was the discipline of another Jacksonville police officer who ran over a sunbather on the beach in May. She was critically injured with a broken pelvis and ribs, as well and head and spinal injuries. That officer was suspended.
Law enforcement officers arguably have one of the toughest jobs in the nation, keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe. And even though every day police officers put their lives on the line, part of their responsibility is to face a higher standard for professional and personal conduct.
Whether you were in an auto accident caused by a negligence police officer or another driver, the skilled Jacksonville Beach auto accident attorneys at Farah and Farah can help you. For years we’ve been helping personal injury victims receive monies for medical bills, treatment, loss of wages, and other financial burdens brought on by an auto accident caused by another driver’s carless action. Contact Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.