Prince George’s County Creates Vehicle Use Review Board Following Council Member DUI

Driving at nightFollowing Council member Franklin’s drunk driving allegations last month, Prince George’s County council had a unanimous vote to create a Vehicle Use Review Board. This board will consist of three-members and will oversee the use of take-home vehicles owned by the county.

The Vehicle Use Review Board will be tasked with enforcing and tightening the county’s rules concerning take-home vehicle use, as well as recommending suspensions of council members’ vehicle privileges when necessary.

Franklin’s accident on November 21st resulted in DUI charges after he crashed a county-owned SUV. While he was a council member, Franklin was also involved in accidents while driving county-owned vehicles on two other occasions.

Included in these incidents is a 2012 accident where he was charged with distracted driving after totalling a Ford SUV. The resulting damages cost the county apporximately $33,000. Despite these previous incidents, Franklin continued to have vehicle privileges until his alleged drunk driving incident on November 21st, when they were revoked by county officials.

According to a State Police report, Franklin rear-ended a Mercedes on Rt. 4 who was idling at a red light. The accident totaled both of the vehicles, including the county-owned Ford Explorer. The other couple involved were treated and released for injuries. According to the police statement, Franklin blew a .10 at the scene.

Since the accident, Franklin has not answered any questions or released any comments concerning the accident or any of its related charges.

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