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FAA Chief’s DUI Resignation

FAA Chief’s DUI Resignation

JUNE 06, 2012

On August 29, 2011, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood launched a multi-year advertising campaign called: “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over,” according to the agency’s website. Click here for the press release on the campaign.

On Saturday, December 3, 2011, Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving in Fairfax, Virginia after a trooper saw him driving on the wrong side of the road, per an AP report published in USA Today. Click here to view the report. LaHood said in the AP report that he was disappointed to learn of Babbitt’s arrest through a press release issued on Monday, December 5, 2011 by the Fairfax City Police Department.

Babbitt resigned on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 facing drunk driving charges on evidence he had consumed just under the legal limit for that state, according to AVWeb, a pilot newsletter.  Three weeks later, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request (link below) seeking all records relating to Babbitt’s DUI and dismissal.  Fulfillment of the request was due on January 26.  Following many excuses, the agencies produced all responsive records on April 30.  On May 10, a Virginia judge dismissed the charges against Babbitt based on dashboard video which the judge characterized as involving a “normal” left turn, despite Babbitt’s failure to use a turn signal, the pilot newsletter said.