Coming from New York I was shocked to hear that Michigan did not have a system similar to our PBA cards. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issues these cards to active or retired police officers of New York. They are then given to close family members of the New York Police Department. They distinguish a connection that the cardholder may have with a member of the police department or authority. PBA cards let the cardholders avoid minor situations that involve the law especially with traffic violations. These cards are used basically like name-dropping but just in a subtler manner. If a police officer pulled a person over with a PBA card for a traffic violation, the officer would often let the cardholder go with a warning as a professional courtesy to the officer issuing the cards.
I have personally been pulled over before for going over the speed limit and since I have a PBA card, the officer just let me go with a warning. Situations like mine are not unique. I was able to break the law without any consequences. I have noticed articles throughout the web addressing the issues with PBA cards. An article in the New York Post demonstrates the main issue regarding PBA cards. It calls attention to the problem of selling the cards as being fraudulent since the buyers are wrongfully using them.
But none of these articles include the overall morality of PBA cards.
It gives the cardholder a false sense of security causing them to possibly push their boundaries. It also does not hold the cardholders to the same standards as everyone else. PBA cards influence the enforcement of the law. Failed laws are laws that are unenforced. Thus, PBA cards make our laws ineffective and failed.
Do you think that people of higher power and connections to the police department be held above the law? Do you think that PBA cards should be considered legal and socially acceptable?