Watch out for police DUI check points

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    Just a friendly warning to all you POA’ers... be careful about drinking and driving as we get close to the New Year. The police are out there checking on people.

    Last night I went out for a few drinks. One thing lead to another and I had a few too many gin and tonics and then started hitting the wine. Not a good combination!

    Knowing I was way over the limit, I decided to leave my truck at the bar and took a bus home. Sure enough, I passed a police DUI checkpoint where they were pulling over drivers and performing breathalyzer tests. Because I was in a bus they just waved it past.

    I arrived home safely and without incident, which was a real surprise, as I've never driven a bus before and I’m not even sure where I got it from...
     
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    Had a one of those clowns following me around last night, wasn't drinking but since it was a Friday and it was after 6p guess he thought it would be cute to follow me around and see if he could find a excuse to violate some rights or make some money.
     
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    It sounds like your rights were respected.
     
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    Probably a short bus.
     
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    Aw man for a second I thought you finally bought that RV bus thing y'all were arguing about a while back.
     
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    So they won't pull you over if you're driving a bus while intoxicated...good to know! ;)
     
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    I still prefer not to have some armed mental midget following me around.
     
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    Heh. A couple years ago I walked out of the pub (crazy, huh) got in the car, and as soon as I started to back up, a City cop car magically appeared from down the street. I was probably good to go regardless but why chance it, so I pulled back forwards, went back inside and came back out ten minutes later. Coast was clear. I started to back out. Boom. Guess who showed up again down the street. Coincidence?

    No. The one common denominator in the otherwise dead street late afternoon was kid randomly camped on the steps near the corner. I gave it a third shot. I waited another twelve minutes. This time, I just got in the car. I didn't bother backing out. Guess who appeared again. So, I got back out, and just waited on the railing. Kid realized he had been made, because this time, the cop car stopped, he got in, and they drove off.

    I normally get along fine with cops. I look like a cop. But I have no room for those douche freaks.
     
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    Reminds me of my grandfather, who used to drive a bus.

    Alas, he passed away last year. I hope to die like he did, calmly, asleep ... Not like his passengers screaming in fear.
     
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    Seriously though you guys be careful. It's the holiday season and lots of guys will be out drinking and then letting their wives drive.
     
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    Not worth it to take the chance to drink and drive,this time of year. Uber,lyft, or a sober friend.
     
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    True story:
    Several years ago, I’m a patrol officer working in a big bar town. I’m on duty in a fully marked vehicle, slowly driving through a parking lot at about midnight, when I see this guy that is so poo-poo’d he can’t really walk...he’s stumbling along, leaning on every parked car he passes for balance, while I’m slowly driving along 20 feet behind him. Finally, he gets to one parked car, goes to the driver’s door, then pulls out a set of car keys. He’s so drunk, he can’t seem to get his key in the door, not to mention as he’s trying, he never notices a fully marked / running police suv stopped just 5 feet from his rear bumper.
    Finally, after over a full minute of trying, he succeeds in unlocking his driver’s door. He seemed proud of himself, so he smiled and looked around to see if anyone else had noticed his amazing feat. He looks at me and literally jumped. He then stammers, “I wasn’t going to drive occifer. I was just getting out my cigarettes.” I had my window down but I was still sitting in my patrol vehicle. I smiled at him and nodded, saying, “Good. You are way too drunk to drive.”
    My department had a requirement that I log every human contact. I figured I’d write something in my log like, “Advised intoxicated person not to drive,” for my surprising this guy as he was, ahem, getting out his cigarettes. So I grabbed my log from under the sun visor as I still sat parked just 5 feet behind this drunk’s car.
    As I grab my log, the guy gets in his driver’s seat, and starts his car. A couple of seconds go by, then first his brake lights go on, then his reverse lights. I put my police vehicle in reverse and back up out of his way, then he backs out of his parking spot, and puts it in drive / starts driving towards the lot exit. As he exited and turned out onto the city street I pulled him over. I walked up to his window and he says, “Man I know I shouldn’t be driving. Some other cop just told me not to drive.”
     
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    Well I, for one, am glad you armed mental midgets are keeping these guys off the streets. Then again, I don't break the rules so I don't have to worry about getting caught. I've even called and reported drunk drivers myself, on more than one occasion.

    One night, I got hit by a drunk driver at an intersection and it totaled my car. He hit me, then spun around and hit a light pole backwards about 100 yards down. When people got to him, he said he didn't know what happened, figured he had a blowout not even realizing he had hit me. With police cars, firetrucks, and an ambulance all at the scene, some other drunk guy pulls right up to everything and just sits there hypnotized by all the lights. The cops pull him out of his car and arrest him. Then a truck full of fraternity guys from a party show up yelling across the scene being obnoxious, but they got wise and got out of there. The drunks were making it easy for the cops that night.
     
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    Yeah, drunk drivers are hilarious, James. I'm sure many families can take comfort in their loss knowing you are less likely to be offended or put out.

    Seriously, what a immature bunch of j@ck@sses on POA lately that can't seem to have a decent conversation.
     
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    No

    But people who give up essencial liberties for the sales pitch of a little "safety", only to get nailed in a intersection by what they gave up those liberties to protect them from, that is pretty damn funny.
     
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    Getting hit by a drunk driver is funny to a low-life.

    You try to come across as such a champion of liberty and freedom, but demonstrate so little of what it takes to actually secure and enjoy them.
     
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    I don't think anybody disagrees that drunk people should not be driving. I personally attended a funeral where my coworker was killed by a drunk driver. Her husband was devastated. The whole situation was devastating. Personally? An open casket was a poor decision. In this case. I'll be the first to report a driver that is a danger to myself and everyone else.

    The problem I have, however is that it is reduced to an arbitrary metric that may or may not apply. Have a glass of wine and be a great driver? Get in an accident or get pulled over and you would be better off having committed capital murder. On the other hand, smash in to a school bus with no license and kill ten kids but alcohol was not involved?

    You'll be okay.
     
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    I don't disagree. I have a problem with being held to the same standard as a 90 year old driver who can barely see over the dash. We don't have a perfect system. In my area, elderly drivers are a real threat to safety but that will never be identified and addressed. We had to put in a traffic light just because old people kept getting hit trying to cross the highway. It is total nuisance and unnecessary, and now other accidents are happening because 70mph traffic has to come to a complete stop.

    Anyway, there's always a price and we'll never get it perfect. I don't like the .08 limit but in all honesty, it has probably had the right effect. It is set so low, that now you can't feel safe after more than one drink. So, any drinking at all kind of forces other transportation options. That is the right effect, but some people do get screwed in the process.

    Drinks over dinner or at the bar are out of the question for me unless someone else is driving, and I never drink more than two. But there's also no alcohol served within about 30 miles of me, so it makes it easy.
     
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    Yes, its always a good law when you don't feel safe doing something that doesn't hurt anyone.
     
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    Drinking and driving hasn't hurt anyone?
     
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    It always does. We're only one or two posts away from a Nazi reference, James seems fond of those.
     
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    Drinking and driving no

    Being drunk and driving yes

    Why are you always licking those boots?
     
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    You are so predictable, well done.
     
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    As are you.
     
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    A friend of mine used to drive a bus. He really enjoyed it because he got to tell people where to get off.....

    He really liked bus charters. When it was time to go, he would turn on the music and tell everyone... "Alright, everyone take a seat.... I gotta busta move...."
     
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    FTFY...James is white noise to me. Any person that makes blanket statements like he does is saying more about themself than the group they’re trying to belittle.
     
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