DUI in a Wheelchair


Twila
#1
Man arrested for drunk driving a motorized wheel chair

today.reuters.co.uk/news/arti..._ukoddlyenough (external - login to view)
 
karrie
#2
now there's a son who makes his momma proud.
 
eh1eh
#3
You can get charged with impaired driving on a bicycle why not a wheelchair, though it sound more like one of those scooter thingies than an actual chair.
 
Twila
#4
I wonder if you could get arrested for operating an artificial leg while impaired?
 
Unforgiven
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

I wonder if you could get arrested for operating an artificial leg while impaired?

Perhaps yes, if it was someone elses leg.
 
karrie
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

I wonder if you could get arrested for operating an artificial leg while impaired?

I doubt an artificial leg can zip you out into traffic as quickly as a bike or scooter.
 
Twila
#7
well you might be right.
 
DurkaDurka
#8
I would like to read about someone getting a DUI on a Segway Scooter, now that would be funny.
 
Colpy
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Man arrested for drunk driving a motorized wheel chair

today.reuters.co.uk/news/arti..._ukoddlyenough (external - login to view)

The Nanny State gone howling mad..........

There is no sane reason for this.

Bureaucratic control freaks.
 
WilliamAshley
#10
what you can't get two breaks?

How the hell are you going to get anywhere the guy can't walk, they HAVE to move in the wheelchair, that is total BS.

Of course if the person wasn't needing to be in the wheel chair it is understandable but the charge is not reasonable. Drunk driving is based upon risk to the occupants or other bystanders, that is the spirit, how does a motorized wheelchair pose risk to bystandards, and what other option did the person have but to be mobile, as the wheelchair is their sole means of mobility.

BS.
 
WilliamAshley
#11
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT, if indeed the case .. I would not support a DUI.


although it is a motorized vehicle. I really don't think it should apply. Ruining someones life so drastically for such a harmless action is frankly distasteful.
 
karrie
#12
I've seen my share of drunken bicyclers, scooters, and wheel chair operators. For the most part, they get ignored. Until they pose a danger. Being drunk in traffic poses as much danger to yourself and others when you're on a scooter, as it does when you're in a car. If you make someone swerve and roll, it's the same damn thing if you're in a car or on a scooter or a bike when you do it.
 
Niflmir
#13
Shamefully enough, I rode my bike home completely drunk late one night. At the time my justification was: 1) a warm bed, 2) it was too late for there to be much traffic, 3) only I will get hurt since its a bike.

In the morning it seemed pretty stupid regardless. I was swerving pretty bad. There were only 2 cars that passed me... It could have been trouble if one had been the police.
 

Similar Threads

0
Wheelchair fan's Euro ordeal
by Blackleaf | Apr 7th, 2007
no new posts