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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Germany: Bikers no longer required by law to run over small animals.   (suntimes.com ) divider line
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2001-11-02 11:18:02 AM  
I hit a bird once at about 60 mph, well actually it hit the neck of my 12 string, throws your concentration of to say the least.
 
2001-11-02 11:18:56 AM  
evidently I oft say of when meaning off.
 
2001-11-02 11:29:20 AM  
hehe Ice. Personally, given the choice between a flat dog and chronic neck pain for the rest of my life, I'd choose to flatten the dog.
 
2001-11-02 11:45:23 AM  
 
2001-11-02 11:45:48 AM  
(ka-thump) (thump)
 
2001-11-02 11:55:03 AM  
AW!! But they're so crunchy!
 
2001-11-02 12:03:45 PM  
On a bike, I brake for damn near anything smaller than an elephant, I kind of figure the elephant won't be hurt much.

Actually, we have some fellow around here that carries elephant repellent, seems to work fine.
 
2001-11-02 12:39:48 PM  
OMG -
As a driver it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you have enough room to stop (control) your car.(period).

It is one of my pet peves - not only do I have to watch what I'm doing, I have to watch the guy who's following too closely...

Now the fact the guy who stopped was 71 - I'd make sure that he was still mentally fit to drive (and eye sight and hearing and reflexes) - poor guy probably figured it was really an Elephant, just his eye sight was so bad it looked like a mouse...

Bet when he stopped and then got rear ended he thought he hit the elephant...

Christina
 
2001-11-02 12:45:52 PM  
StarryDancer-
Stop whining. Imagine driving on the autobahn at 120 mph, and the asshole in front of you comes to a complete stop for a squirrel or a turtle or something. Because Dr. Doolittle decided that stopping to save an animal's life on a highway, he puts the rest of the people behind him at risk. Safe distance or not, hit the farking animal and get on with it. There are TONS of animals out there. Killing one in the interest of saving a few bucks on your insurance is well worth it.

Let the flaming begin...

In case you havn't figured it out, I'm being sarcastic.
 
2001-11-02 12:46:04 PM  
I brake for hallucinations.
 
2001-11-02 12:47:36 PM  
Ya think that maybe Germany can put that on some of their tourism advertisements.... What a slogan:

"Germany... Where Hitting Dogs Isn't Only Just Allowed -- It's the LAW!"
 
2001-11-02 12:52:40 PM  
Think of the small animal as practice for when a child runs into the road.

You do _not_ want to know just how much damage a small child can do to the bottom of your car.
 
2001-11-02 01:02:20 PM  
Think of the German driver license test. You fail your road test if you don't cream a squirrel.
 
2001-11-02 01:24:09 PM  
At least in the US, rear-ending is solely the fault of the tail-gater.
 
2001-11-02 01:25:11 PM  
Bikers who won't run over small rodents belong in the Blue Oyster.
 
2001-11-02 01:38:44 PM  
Bikers had better swerve, hit a small rock at 120 and things get scary, I'd hate to try and tame down the speed woobble after creaming rocky the flying squirrel.
 
2001-11-02 01:43:56 PM  
Only reason I've hit a few birds is they're stupid enough to fly in front of my little Festiva. :)

Karpage--That's what they call "failure to maintain assured clear distance (or clear distance ahead)." Of course "tailgater" is more to the point. :)
 
2001-11-02 01:44:36 PM  
I thought in Germany you were born with a license, and if you ever lost it, it was gone for good?
 
2001-11-02 02:02:56 PM  
Ja, und was ist Krautsprach fur "tailgater"?
 
2001-11-02 02:12:38 PM  
Don't Turn around - uh-oh - Der Kommissar's in town
 
2001-11-02 02:21:29 PM  
I brake for Conservatives
 
2001-11-02 02:46:36 PM  
I try and run over one squirrel each day.
 
2001-11-02 02:53:52 PM  
I have a co-worker who totalled her Honda because she swerved to avoid a possum in the road. Here was the gist of our conversation:

Me: So you swerved to avoid the possum?
Her: Yes.
Me: So you wouldn't damage your car?
Her: Uhhh, yeah.
Me: But now your car's totalled?
Her: Uhhhhhhhhh......
Me: Where's the possum now?
Her: Probably laughing at me. SHIAT!

I hit a raccoon one night in my 1978 Toyota. The thing was about 15 pounds. Didn't even knock the car out of alignment.
 
2001-11-02 03:00:15 PM  
Oompaloompa: Dichtauffahrer
 
2001-11-02 03:02:49 PM  
just run over the sonofabiatch
 
2001-11-02 04:14:41 PM  
I once saw the remnants of a T-top Corvette in a ditch as lifeflight took off with 2 critically injured people. 1 died and the other ended up as a quad. Neither were wearing a seatbelt when the driver dodged into the ditch at about 80mph to miss a cat. I think that's when I decided anything smaller than a moose (particularly with a swingset on his head) or bison was fair game.
 
2001-11-02 04:33:34 PM  
rule of thumb: in the event of impending accident, if you have a choice, do what will expose you to the least liability.

A squirrel can't sue. Hit it.

Another driver can sue. Don't hit it.

Generally, I would prefer to go off the road and hit a concrete wall or roll in a ditch than to rear-end another vehicle. Sure, I might totally wreck my vehicle, but I won't expose myself to injury liability.
 
2001-11-02 05:22:42 PM  
Mole... but what if a PETA person sees you cackling madly as you chase the squirrel across somebody's yard and up on the porch before you manage to run over it?
 
2001-11-02 05:27:05 PM  
Walkman - if you squeal your tires just right as you mow down the rodent, you can hurl the furry body right at the PETA person. Hard for them to complain about animal rights when they've got a mouthful of fresh squirrel.
 
2001-11-02 06:02:11 PM  
[image from bath.ac.uk too old to be available]
 
2001-11-02 07:01:57 PM  
"WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY"
(Spaceballs)
 
2001-11-02 08:38:37 PM  
Hmm, bikers still have to hit them? I wrecked a Kawasaki once after hitting a dog... Seems to be in the "avoid damage" realm to me...

Almost hit a buzzard once... Boy those things are BIG at 3 feet away!
 
2001-11-02 08:54:26 PM  
Icecycle: Reminds me of Arlo Guthrie's "he Motorcycle Song" Gotta be careful mixing bikes and guitars!
 
2001-11-02 08:55:04 PM  
"The", rather... dumb fingers...
 
2001-11-03 12:01:09 AM  
"At least in the US, rear-ending is solely the fault of the tail-gater."

HAW HAW!
 
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