Florida police officers who were speeding when they crashed were cited far less frequently than civilians, according to a report in the Sun Sentinel.
The newspaper, which published a two-part investigative story on police speeding, reported other "troubling practices" such as officers not being cited for speeding, off-duty speeding that goes unchallenged unless someone complains, and punishment that can be as slight as a verbal or written reminder to obey the speed limit.
Tallahassee attorney Lance Block told the newspaper, "If you have a badge, you can do anything on the roads." Block sued the Broward Sheriff's Office on behalf of a motorist injured in a crash with a deputy.
Police speeding occurs because of a "culture among cops who seem to regard driving fast as an entitlement, and an atmosphere of tolerance by their supervisors," according to the report.
At least 320 law enforcement officers across Florida were involved in crashes from 2004 through 2010 that were blamed on the officers' speeding. Only 12% (37) were ticketed.