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2012-10-04 01:24:56 AM  
Were they on parade? 

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2012-10-04 01:29:35 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Were they on parade? 

[farm5.static.flickr.com image 500x377]


♫ Look out! Look out!
Pink elephants on parade
Here they come!
Hippety hoppety
They're here and there
Pink elephants ev'rywhere! ♫

/I had that record when I was a kid
//no extra charge for the earworm
 
2012-10-04 01:47:28 AM  
Could have just burrowed through the elephant.
 
2012-10-04 01:47:55 AM  
It always amuses/baffles me when people get charged for DRIVING while intoxicated when they're NOT DRIVING.
 
2012-10-04 01:52:51 AM  
I was looking for a Florida tag on that. Sigh. Delaware.
 
2012-10-04 01:57:00 AM  

clyph: It always amuses/baffles me when people get charged for DRIVING while intoxicated when they're NOT DRIVING.


Did you RTFA?
 
2012-10-04 01:58:30 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Did you RTFA?


This is Fark. Does anyone?
 
2012-10-04 02:09:46 AM  

clyph: Bathia_Mapes: Did you RTFA?

This is Fark. Does anyone?


Some of us do.
 
2012-10-04 02:10:00 AM  
lucky #7. wonder how many he'll have before he kills someone.

/deserves a ticket for the stupit haircut, dumb and dumber
 
2012-10-04 02:10:41 AM  

clyph: Bathia_Mapes: Did you RTFA?

This is Fark. Does anyone?


I never had friends like the ones I had when i was 12 years old....Jesus, did anyone?
 
2012-10-04 02:15:28 AM  

KrispyKritter: wonder how many he'll have before he kills someone.


Who says he hasn't? There's no way of knowing if he's run someone off a road into a pole. He just hasn't been convicted of vehicular homocide YET.

We need to get serious about crime that can and does lead to death for innocent citizens.

As I understand it, in Texas #5 gets you a mandatory 5 years.

People don't take it that seriously because they don't believe the punishment will be that bad EVEN IF they are caught. We need to disabuse them of that notion.
 
2012-10-04 02:22:56 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Some of us do.


Well, that takes all the fun out of it.

R's the FA

Yep, booooring. Much more amusing to snark about people getting DUIs for riding bicycles, horses, and wheelchairs.
 
2012-10-04 02:27:09 AM  

SevenizGud: As I understand it, in Texas #5 gets you a mandatory 5 years.


Texas would execute people for jaywalking if they could get away with it.
 
2012-10-04 02:52:21 AM  
If you gotta lie, lie big.
 
2012-10-04 02:53:59 AM  
SevenizGud

KrispyKritter: wonder how many he'll have before he kills someone.

Who says he hasn't? There's no way of knowing if he's run someone off a road into a pole. He just hasn't been convicted of vehicular homocide YET.

We need to get serious about crime that can and does lead to death for innocent citizens.

As I understand it, in Texas #5 gets you a mandatory 5 years.

People don't take it that seriously because they don't believe the punishment will be that bad EVEN IF they are caught. We need to disabuse them of that notion.

---- As a person who was once willfully ignorant of just how bad a DUI can be I agree completely. I got stopped, I admitted I was drunk (no point in trying to fool anyone) and pleaded guilty in court. I got the minimum sentence in Florida: 1 year suspended (declined the test), 6 months probation ($), community service ($), counseling ($), DUI "school" ($), super high insurance, MADD meetings, etc. These things cost me tons of money at a time I couldn't afford it (15k+ all told). DUI is a huge money grab (at least in Florida).

However, the thing that has stuck with me is that it was probably the single best thing that could have happened to me. I drove drunk a lot before my arrest and I still get to live my life without having harmed anyone. I shouldn't have needed to hear the awful stories at the MADD meetings from people who lost loved ones and from those who had taken lives, but I guess I did. It wasn't the "facts" that got to me, I knew the facts before I got behind the wheel. It was the overwhelming feeling of "oh shiat, I could (and by all rights should) feel like that guy for the rest of my life" that finally lit the light bulb. I do my bit now to try to help other people find their own reason to wake the hell up and drive sober but threats of harsher punishment, life killing fees, etc rarely seem to hit home with people.
 
2012-10-04 02:58:31 AM  
www.alispagnola.com
 
2012-10-04 03:05:26 AM  

JeffMD: [www.alispagnola.com image 412x303]


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2012-10-04 03:35:56 AM  
Would it have been better for him to have hit the elephant?
 
2012-10-04 03:51:45 AM  
 
2012-10-04 03:52:36 AM  
By the way...Having seen African elephant behavior up close, this elephant is actually having a laugh.
 
2012-10-04 04:16:40 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Would it have been better for him to have hit the elephant?


I was thinking the same thing.
 
2012-10-04 07:43:48 AM  
pissedoffmick:As a person who was once willfully ignorant of just how bad a DUI can be I agree completely. I got stopped, I admitted I was drunk (no point in trying to fool anyone) and pleaded guilty in court. I got the minimum sentence in Florida: 1 year suspended (declined the test), 6 months probation ($), community service ($), counseling ($), DUI "school" ($), super high insurance, MADD meetings, etc. These things cost me tons of money at a time I couldn't afford it (15k+ all told). DUI is a huge money grab (at least in Florida).

so wait...you declined the test and yet admitted you were drunk? so you ended up with a conviction AND a suspension for refusal when you could have had just the latter? because assuming you didn't run your car into a ditch and vomit on the arresting officer, there's not a public defender alive, even in florida, who wouldn't have been able to knock a first offense dui without a test down to a lesser charge like reckless operation... were it not for the fact that you admitted to being drunk on the scene.

Don't Talk To Police- applies to dui's as much as anything else.

sorry, i don't mean to be a dick, i'm just saying there's no reason to provide the police with a confession on the scene, especially if you're going to refuse the only thing they could really convict you with (other than your own words, of course.)
 
2012-10-04 07:55:36 AM  

Sline: pissedoffmick:As a person who was once willfully ignorant of just how bad a DUI can be I agree completely. I got stopped, I admitted I was drunk (no point in trying to fool anyone) and pleaded guilty in court. I got the minimum sentence in Florida: 1 year suspended (declined the test), 6 months probation ($), community service ($), counseling ($), DUI "school" ($), super high insurance, MADD meetings, etc. These things cost me tons of money at a time I couldn't afford it (15k+ all told). DUI is a huge money grab (at least in Florida).

so wait...you declined the test and yet admitted you were drunk? so you ended up with a conviction AND a suspension for refusal when you could have had just the latter? because assuming you didn't run your car into a ditch and vomit on the arresting officer, there's not a public defender alive, even in florida, who wouldn't have been able to knock a first offense dui without a test down to a lesser charge like reckless operation... were it not for the fact that you admitted to being drunk on the scene.

Don't Talk To Police- applies to dui's as much as anything else.

sorry, i don't mean to be a dick, i'm just saying there's no reason to provide the police with a confession on the scene, especially if you're going to refuse the only thing they could really convict you with (other than your own words, of course.)


I think he meant that he admitted he was driving drunk in court and plead guilty. And if you refuse the breathalyzer test they still take you to the hospital to draw blood, so you would still have a failed test.
 
2012-10-04 08:15:49 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Were they on parade? 

[farm5.static.flickr.com image 500x377]


Seriously? If I ever saw that, I'd intentionally crash my car.

/that scene freaked me out as a kid
 
2012-10-04 09:26:25 AM  
ongbok: I think he meant that he admitted he was driving drunk in court and plead guilty.

that's what you got from "I got stopped, I admitted I was drunk (no point in trying to fool anyone) and pleaded guilty in court"? well, whatever. wherever he admitted it, it was unnecessary; having refused the test, he would've gotten off.

And if you refuse the breathalyzer test they still take you to the hospital to draw blood, so you would still have a failed test.

really? because that's not what happened to pissedoffmick. i don't think he would have neglected to mention the fact that he was strapped down to a gurney and had bodily fluids forcibly extracted from him.

it's true that a few departments have tried doing forced blood draws. cops all over the country are attempting all kinds of unconstitutional shiat all the time. but if you google "forced blood draw dui" you'll see stories about such evidence being ruled inadmissible in illinois, california and iowa, just skimming the first page. naturally there's less resistance in the south, where no one gives a fark about non-2nd-amendment constitutional protections one way or the other, but even there, forced blood draws are a hot story not only because they're freaky as hell, but because they're relatively rare.

it's funny that police departments are going to so much trouble to obtain evidence of blood alcohol content- it's almost as if they would have a very hard time convicting you without that evidence. so maybe there IS a point in trying to "fool" the authorities by not confessing to being drunk (if you can call the act of remaining silent "fooling.")

tl;dr don't drive drunk... or, failing that, don't blow, don't confess, take the year suspension and enjoy not having a dui on your record for twenty years
 
2012-10-04 09:44:41 AM  
Anyone remember the Pink Elephant drive-up bar & liquor store in Bliss, Idaho? No? Hmm.
 
2012-10-04 10:23:54 AM  
I have driven through Delaware before. Never saw an elephant on or near the highways there. I also have never had a joint laced with pcp.
 
2012-10-04 11:35:46 AM  

SlothB77: I have driven through Delaware before. Never saw an elephant on or near the highways there. I also have never had a joint laced with pcp.


Delaware is pretty much nothing to me except for Dover and the beaches are not that great.
 
2012-10-04 12:08:00 PM  
Came to ask if it was pink.

On a related note, if this guy hallucinates elephants while he drinks, I want whatever he's having.
 
2012-10-04 12:45:55 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: clyph: Bathia_Mapes: Did you RTFA?

This is Fark. Does anyone?

Some of us do.


Only read first page
Was there an elephant? If so, was it all startled and stampedee like?
 
2012-10-04 02:26:13 PM  

Sline: pissedoffmick:As a person who was once willfully ignorant of just how bad a DUI can be I agree completely. I got stopped, I admitted I was drunk (no point in trying to fool anyone) and pleaded guilty in court. I got the minimum sentence in Florida: 1 year suspended (declined the test), 6 months probation ($), community service ($), counseling ($), DUI "school" ($), super high insurance, MADD meetings, etc. These things cost me tons of money at a time I couldn't afford it (15k+ all told). DUI is a huge money grab (at least in Florida).

so wait...you declined the test and yet admitted you were drunk? so you ended up with a conviction AND a suspension for refusal when you could have had just the latter? because assuming you didn't run your car into a ditch and vomit on the arresting officer, there's not a public defender alive, even in florida, who wouldn't have been able to knock a first offense dui without a test down to a lesser charge like reckless operation... were it not for the fact that you admitted to being drunk on the scene.

Don't Talk To Police- applies to dui's as much as anything else.

sorry, i don't mean to be a dick, i'm just saying there's no reason to provide the police with a confession on the scene, especially if you're going to refuse the only thing they could really convict you with (other than your own words, of course.)



He had the right to remain silent, unfortunately he did not have the ABILITY.
 
2012-10-04 04:50:58 PM  
So apparently while you could see prison time for smoking a joint, you CAN drive with impunity having 6 prior DUIs.

But of course pot kills WAY more people than drunk drivers.

Here's my suggestion: First DUI, no license for a year, community service and at least 30 full days in jail. One time is a mistake - still to be dealt with rather seriously. Second DUI? You can NEVER again drive legally AND at least 1 year i (no "good time") in PRISON. Two DUIs is a f*cking alcoholic that's bound to kill someone on the road.

F*ck - if a drunk driver ever hit me and I was OK enough to still be ambulatory? That driver would be dead before the cops arrived.
 
2012-10-04 04:53:32 PM  

clyph: SevenizGud: As I understand it, in Texas #5 gets you a mandatory 5 years.

Texas would execute people for jaywalking if they could get away with it.


Damn..I need to move to Texas. I like their policies.

Still, executions should not take more than 30 days to, uh, execute. This 15-years until the needle sh*t ain't doing it.
 
2012-10-04 06:23:53 PM  

DaCaptain19: Here's my suggestion: First DUI, no license for a year, community service and at least 30 full days in jail. One time is a mistake - still to be dealt with rather seriously. Second DUI? You can NEVER again drive legally AND at least 1 year i (no "good time") in PRISON. Two DUIs is a f*cking alcoholic that's bound to kill someone on the road.


I wouldn't have so much of a problem with that if we hadn't retconned DUI from meaning "so falling down drunk you literally can't walk straight" to "having a trivial amount of alcohol in your bloodstream that has an insignificant impact on your motor functions". You can blow .08 just from gargling mouthwash, and BAC is a flawed standard for measuring impairment to begin with.
 
2012-10-04 06:35:52 PM  

DaCaptain19: Still, executions should not take more than 30 days to, uh, execute. This 15-years until the needle sh*t ain't doing it.


Congratulations, you are now farkied as "bloodthirsty savage".
 
2012-10-04 07:21:54 PM  

clyph: DaCaptain19: Still, executions should not take more than 30 days to, uh, execute. This 15-years until the needle sh*t ain't doing it.

Congratulations, you are now farkied as "bloodthirsty savage".


Hooray Zoidburg!
 
2012-10-04 07:53:18 PM  
PCP

yup. that'd do it
 
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