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Unusual DUIs

I’m a huge fan of Lawrence Taylor’s DUI Blog. His post yesterday was about police charging a man on a bicycle with driving under the influence. He previously put up a post about a lawn mower DUI. The most offensive DUI case I’ve heard is probably this one, where a poor lady was cited for wheel chair DUI.

Every time I hear about someone getting charged with DUI on something other than a car, truck, or motorcycle, I marvel at the stupidity of anti-DUI zealots. How dangerous are these drunk bicyclists and lawn mowers? More importantly, how much more dangerous are they than a drunk person without transportation? Do authorities really think they’re protecting the public by prosecuting that lady in her wheel chair? It seems to me that what MADD really wants is a “being-under-the-influence” (BUI?) or “existing-while-intoxicated” (EWI?) statute that will impose the same outrageous penalties we have for DUI.

All of this reminds me of the legendary “Steve” of YouTube fame. I have no clue if Steve’s videos are real, but they appear authentic to me. I imagine many of this blog’s regular readers have already seen them, but for those of you who haven’t, they’re basically how-to guides on what not to do when stopped by a law enforcement officer. I don’t know if he’s ever been charged with lawn mower DUI, but that’s definitely why he gets stopped. Sure, the guy’s crazy, but does he really deserve a DUI? If police just left him alone, I bet everything would be fine. Do any of you think he looks dangerous? How much jail time does he deserve just for riding around?

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2 Responses to "Unusual DUIs"

  1. Matt Brown says:

    I don’t know if I agree with you or not. Since I first read the US Supreme Court’s opinion in Castle Rock a few years ago, I’ve wondered if police can ever be held liable for failing to do anything.

  2. Jim says:

    Well, I do have to agree with you that some of the DUI’s you read about can be a little absurd. But could you imagine the liability suit that would occur if the police saw and ignored the DUI lawnmower driver. Imagine the police “investigate” or even see the “driver” but let him be. Then the “driver” gets hit by a car. The town would be in for a multimillion dollar suit, and probably lose.

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