Legislators Vote Themselves Exempt From DUI Arrest

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on March 6th, 2009

We all know there's a double standard in MADD's "War on Drunk Driving" when it comes to cops, prosecutors and judges.  See, for example, my post "Do As I Say, Not As I Do".   But it's always been an under-the-table policy — not an actual law.  Unless, of course, it's to benefit a politician…

From the Denver Police Department Operations Manual:


205.07.  Violations by Colorado Legislators.

 (1)   Pursuant to Article 5, section 16 of the Colorado Constitution, no member of the Colorado General Assembly may be arrested while in route to or from legislative sessions, except for treason or felony violations..

(4)  In the absence of felony violations, should an officer have reason to believe a legislator is driving under the influence, the officer may cite for a violation which caused an accident or was the reason for a traffic stop.  For the safety and welfare of the public and the legislator, the officer will arrange for other transportation for the legislator and his/her vehicle will be parked and locked 


So….It's ok for a politician to drive falling-down drunk on his way to work or back home.  In fact, he's given a free ride home — or to the capitol to cast an intoxicated vote.

Who makes these crazy laws?  Oh, right…the same politicians who are falling over each other to pass tougher drunk driving laws.

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