After Drunk Driving Incident, FAA Administrator Resigns
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Eyder Peralta
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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Jerome "Randy" Babbitt was arrested over the weekend, after police said they found him driving on the wrong side of the road. Babbitt was charged with a DWI.

   
Former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt.
Former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt.
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Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, the Federal Aviation Administration chief who was arrested on drunk driving charges, has tendered his resignation and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has accepted.

Babbitt issued a statement saying he was resigning because he was "unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA."

He added:

"They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned. I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the traveling public."

Babbitt, who was in charge among other things of the nation's air traffic controllers, was arrested on Dec. 3 after police say he was driving on the wrong side of the road. Before, his resignation Babbitt had been placed on a leave of absence. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]



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