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Just One Night Script
Prologue Scene 5 - A Whole New World
Scene 1 - Who's Tom Boyle Scene 6 - For Better or Worse
Scene 2 - Accidents Will Happen Scene 7 - The End?
Scene 3 - Family Matters Epilogue
Scene 4- The Letter of the Law


INT. 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 go I'.

Trooper 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.

E.2 INT. COURTROOM.  Camera framing on John Stephen is a loose head and shoulders shot. 

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.

FADE TO BLACK.  Then up on credit sequence...