Karma for a Keystone Kop?

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An off-duty NYPD cop was killed when his car smashed into a tree out on Long Island after speeding. “They zoomed around another car and cut in front of it — then lost control.” Broken Traffic Law Number One. “The cop’s companion was ejected.” A passenger or driver (remember: the cop was off-duty) not wearing a seat belt? Broken Traffic Law Number Two. The article states that the cop’s body in the car was so mangled (that’s generally what happens when you illegally, recklessly drive your car at high speed into a tree) that authorities are not sure who was driving and who wasn’t.

But if the cop is still in the car with a seat belt on (or perhaps he too wasn’t wearing one—we already can pretty much assume, but not with 100% certainty, that his ejected friend wasn’t), why can’t they tell who was driving? Maybe the cop also wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and, therefore, they don’t know whether or not the cop was behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. Either way, a cop was in a car when two laws (or, at the very least, the speeding law)—which you and I would have been ticketed for—were being broken with his obvious consent (and maybe even his participation—if he was the driver).

By the way, according to the New York State seat belt law, Police/Fire and Ambulances (along with Taxis, Liveries, and Buses other than School Buses—I wonder what’s up with that) are exempt from having to wear seat belts. Again, control for you and me, but not for the State’s “chosen.” Or perhaps the State just doesn’t love police, firemen, EMTs, cabbies, and bus drivers as much as it loves us?

6:15 pm on November 11, 2010