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. The system — known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database — can also be easily abused, reports the Orlando Sentinel. 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. Officers who needlessly pull information or photographs from D.A.V.I.D. that would otherwise be private could face criminal charges, sanctions, or disciplinary action. The temptation of looking up a relative, a celebrity’s address or a romantic interest is too great for some law enforcers. In November, an internal Oviedo, Fl., police investigation found one of the agency’s officers made unauthorized searches in D.A.V.I.D. to look up a local bank teller he was reportedly flirting with.