Just One Night
NON-DESCRIPT LOCATION. At end of key message the video of Tom is somehow
forced to the background and a box is dissolved into the foreground containing
Trooper Forey. Camera framing is a loose head & shoulders shot.
I've been a policeman for
17 years and I've been to all sorts of fatal car crashes that involved
alcohol. But in this case, I knew the victim. Brian Colgan
grew up with my wife. So every day, I think about this crash
and the lives it ruined. And it's hard, very hard.
I'll be honest with you.
Because I knew the Colgans, I wanted Tom Boyle to go to jail for
the rest of his life. Not 8 -16. Life. But after I went
to the sentencing hearing and heard his story, I stopped for a moment
and said ‘wait a minute, that could have been me. That could
have been you. I mean, who is Tom Boyle? He is the American
success story - a small-town boy who did well. He was everything
that a lot of us want to be. ‘And there, but for the grace of God
Forey pauses, and then almost as an afterthought adds:
The other thing that's interesting
about this case, if you think about it, is who died. The passenger,
not the driver. So if you're thinking I'm OK, I don't drive,
don't have my license yet, or I would never drink and drive, think again.
If you go out partying and you need a ride home, and you get into a car
with someone that you know has been drinking - well, think about
making the right choice. Because I don't want to meet you the way
I met Tom.
INT. COURTROOM. Camera framing on John Stephen is a loose head and
Every year, more than 17,000
Americans are killed by impaired drivers. All of those drivers
make a choice to use alcohol or drugs, and all of their innocent
victims leave behind grieving families and friends. If you measure
that circle of grief caused by drunk drivers, it easily touches a
million of us or more every year. It's as if everyone in Louisville,
Kentucky, or Columbus, Ohio, - or the whole state of New Hampshire
- were suddenly faced with mourning a friend or relative. (Pause)
Tom Boyle is my age. He grew up near my home town. We graduated
from the same university. But none of that mattered. I prosecuted
him, as I would anyone, for a crime of reckless disregard.
And he is paying the price, although not as great a price as Brian
Colgan paid. On that February night, when Trooper Rod Forey
paged me to inform me of a fatal crash in Concord, New Hampshire,
Tom Boyle learned a harsh lesson in life. I hope it's a lesson
he can learn for all of us.
TO BLACK. Then up on credit sequence...