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My run-in with a drunk driver

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Vince S., Jul 13, 2003.


  1. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003
    Last night I went to NYC with my family to celebrate my cousins' and uncle's birthdays, so we went out to a restaurant for dinner. Thats where it occured.

    We had just finished eating and were in the parking lot. My dad went to get our car, and so did my cousins to get theirs, so we were waiting in the lot.

    There was a guy behind me with his wife, and he was obviously drunk. His face was reddened, and he was walking very strangely, and acting very weird. His wife was trying to get him into the backseat of their SUV, but he kept acting very silly and slapping her away. After a few attempts, she gave up and let him stumble over to his own car. He got in, and backed up, almost hitting my grandpa by literally 2 feet. I slammed on his trunk to get his attention. He then speeds out of the parking lot.

    It was a pretty scary incident, and Im so thankful that my grandpa didnt get hit.

    I hate drunk drivers; they are the most selfish, irresponsible people.
     
  2. Glad all of you are safe. The other night I was driving home and there was this Hyundai Elantra swerving in front of me. I kept my distance, and after awhile, the whole front of the car burst into flames. It was really bizarre.
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I saw a weird driver today. I don't think he was drunk, just cocky. He drove into the parking lot, where I was chilling with some friends, really fast swirving and stuff, this is at like 9 in the morning mind you, half the people around were just getting breakfast and stuff. he's listening to some hard rock pretty loud too.

    A lot of people were looking at him, and a couple people, whom he nearly hit yelled "slow down!"

    He got out of his SUV and I kid you not, looked just like Vin diesel, big macho man type guy, a friend of mine(also a big macho man type guy) stared him down, and the guy kind of looked a little intimidated, at anyrate, the guys that he almost hit, when they were leaving, they drove pretty fast right up to Vin's(let's just call him that) car, then slammed the brakes, then circled it a few times, and stuff. I think that hte guy was really pissed, wanted to scratch vin's car, I wouldn't have minded, I don't like arrogant drivers.
     
  4. yeah i hate crappy drivers too.
    the other night two of my friends got in a pretty bad wreck because they were on their way home from work at about 9 pm and were goin through a stop light (it was green for them) and a car came flying through (running its red light) and slammed into their back end, causing them to spin into a light pole. turns out the guy was drunk:rolleyes: luckily they are alright and all though, just a few minor scratches and such. the car however is pretty much totalled :(
     
  5. Prime Mover

    Prime Mover

    Feb 16, 2003
    TN, USA
    Next time you all encounter a drunk driver...the best thing you should do is take down the license plate number, make of the car, and the direction they were heading and call the police. This sort of driving is not tolerated. Your Grandfather could have been seriuosly hurt or worse...

    This driver or other drunk drivers could very easily cause a fatal accident. If you call the police, you would be saving their life and the lives of others.

    PSA is now over. :D
     
  6. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I hate drunk drivers. I firmly believe that the guy that hit me 18 months ago was drunk.

    About 8 or 9 years ago, my wife and I were at her sisters. Her husband had taken us along to a local with a nice beer garden - it was a beautiful summers day.

    Anyway, these two complete drunken idiots tried to get into their pickup. I can see why they wanted to drive - they were way too pissed to walk.......


    While one tried to work the lock on the drivers side so he could get in, his colleague was busy throwing up in the back of the pickup....

    My brother in law went ot phone the police (this was before mobile phones became big - at least in the circles I mixed in). When he came back, he told us the police thanked him for the call and mentioined about 4 other people had already called - a car was on it's way.


    Well, they got out of the pub car park, and out of the street - but I doubt they'd have got much further...


    I hate drunk drivers.....:mad:
     
  7. Just 2 weeks ago some relatives were driving on a highway at about 12:00 am and a guy in a Plymouth Duster crossed the line and hit them in their Ford Expedition front drivers side to front drivers side. All of my family escaped without serious injury, even their dog, who got thrown from the very back up to the front seat, but the other guy died on the scene. When the police went through his car they found multiple bottles of booze, some meth, and a lot of stolen prescription medicines. Sad accident, but my family was very lucky that none of them were seriously hurt. God was definately riding with them!

    jtbp
     
  8. i hate when people think they can get behind the wheel while impaired. pisses me off. i lost a very good friend 20 years ago to a drunk driver. he was only 15. we were dating. he was one of the nicest, funniest, wonderful people to know. he was hit walking home from my house. broke every bone in his body except one rib. my husband had a cross tattooed on his knuckle. all of his male friends did that. it is a reminder for everyone not to drink and drive and not hurt or kill someone like what happened to bill. it sucks.
    wish people would wise up and stop driving under the influence of whatever. :mad:
    thank god your grandpa is okay. next time, like prime said, get all the information and turn the jerk in.
     
  9. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    damn straight
     
  10. By-Tor

    By-Tor

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    My wife was hit by a drunk driver when she was 6 months pregnant with our daughter and had my 2 year old son in the car. A drunk 17 year old kid tried to pass a Camero. He clipped the rear of the Camero and hit my wife coming in the opposite direction. Her car spun, hit a small light pole and spun onto the lawn of an apartment complex.
    The JAWS-OF-LIFE were required to get my wife out of the car. My wife remembers seeing the kid sitting on the side of the road an laughing.
    Luckily my wife and duaghter and son were ok, but because of this my daughter was born a month early.
    The car was totalled.

    My daughter is now 10 yers old.

    This 17 year old kid almost killed my whole family. and laughed about it.
     
  11. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    The thing is: they're drunk, and not themselves. The real problem lies with people who frequently put themselves into that state. That's the selfish, irresponsible person.
     
  12. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    Originally posted by Solidus
    I hate drunk drivers; they are the most selfish, irresponsible people.


    I totally resent that remark.

    I got a DUI back in 1996. Just because one drinks and drives doesnt make them selfish or really irresponsible IMO.

    It doesnt make you irresponsible, you just made a mistake. Mistakes do NOT denote irresponsibility. Im failing to see how it makes you selfish either. Im a very unselfish person. So please enlighten me on how driving drunk makes you selfish? Like I said they just made a mistake. That doesnt make you selfish.

    It becomes irresponsible when you dont learn from the 1st time you get a DUI and go out and get more. I know people that have 3 or more, and I always ask them "whats wrong, 1 just wasnt enough for you?"


    No offense Prime, but your idea of callin the cops as good as it is, just isnt feesable. By the time you find a phone (unless you have a cell) then for them to dispatch a unit, if they even dispatch one at all, then by the time he gets to where you are, the offender can and probably would be long gone.


    On a side note. I dont condone drinking and driving, but I do think most people do it. They just have been lucky and not been caught.

    I actually consider myself lucky for being pinched. I was developing a bad drinking problem and this incident turned my life around.

    BTW, lil known fact, they can prosocute you for a blood alcohol level of .03 which is alot lower than most states limits of .08 so anyone that drinks isnt really safe from a DUI/DWI.
     
  13. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida

    What a POS. I bet he got what he deserved from some less attentive driver than him. They all do, in the end. I've had my parents tell me about many situations where they saw a drunk or dangerous driver zoom past them on a highway or road, only to see them later tied up around a phone pole or burning in flames trapped in their car, burning alive and screaming for someone to help them.

    In my short years of driving/passengering experience, I've only seen a few times of where I saw some prick go really fast past me, only to get caught by some cop up ahead. It really gives me a rush everytime, just knowing that at least one time, the jerkoff didn't get away without any reprimand.

    Whenever I see some jerk almost hit my rear end, side swipe me, speed exceededly past me, or any other potentially dangerous act, I just say let em go, cause the only place they're going to get to faster than me is the graveyard.
     
  14. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Gotta love that cell phone!
    I've followed a few of these drivers, at a safe distance, while giving the cops their whereabouts.

    BTW -Yes, I have lost family at the hand of drunk drivers, and no, I don't have an ounce of compassion for people that drive drunk or high.
     
  15. for those of you who live in flordia. a week or two ago there was a stalled car in the middle of the road. and my friends bro. tried to swerve it and the SUV flipped. it was all over the news. so wear you seat belts. both of there girlfriends died...
     
  16. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003
    Cassanova: Yes, it is a mistake. But a mistake that can cost you or an innocent bystander their life.

    By selfish, I meant they werent considerate enough to think about other people's lives or even their own when they knew they were drunk and got behind the wheel.

    Yes, everyone makes mistakes. But drinking and driving should not be an exusable mistake. When someone drinks, they should know well enough that they had consumed alcohol, and should not drive. Unfortunately, a lot of people lack that knowledge.

    Im sorry to hear that you got in trouble for DUI but I am glad to hear that it changed you, and Im sorry that my remark came off wrong.
     
  17. And drunk drivers never seem to get hurt, while they can mow down 15 people and smash into a brick wall.
     
  18. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I am against anyone driving while drunk! On the other hand, I think that there are a lot of people being charged with drunk driving that are not at all drunk.

    The idea of using the blood level of alcohol is not realistic. There are people who truly are drunk with a .08 a.b.l. There are many more people who are cold sober with the same level.

    The powers that be have used alcohol, the same way that they did pot, to create a revenue generating machine.

    My state(NC)is a prime example. When the drive against drunk drivers started, .1% was the ABL at which a person was considered drunk.

    The law enforcement system, from city police to state highway patrol, could not make arrests fast enough and our jails couldn't hold all the "drunk drivers" that were all of a sudden being arrested and incarcerated. The answer to the problem was to build more jails, hire a LOT more law enforcement personel and judges. Needless to say the lawyers loved it.

    Well, the solution to the drunk driver problem worked so well that DUI arrests, along with the revenue, began to dwindle.

    The only prob was that we already had bolstered enforcement to the point that the system had to have the DUI revenue in order to survive.

    The answer was to change the level at which one was considered drunk from .1 to .08 which restarted the revenue machine.

    This is the point at which the present laws become unfair. How did the human body change from being drunk at .1, and legally sober at any lower percentage, to being drunk at .08 simply because the law was rewritten? Am I the only one that smells something fishy here? I find it hard to believe that the human race changed that quickly physically.

    The truth of the matter is: if my politicians want to protect me, pass and enforce laws against the idiots driving around with a cell phone against thier ear and thier brain out in left field. They pose a much greater danger than someone who has been drinking responsibly for years that blows a .08.

    JMHO

    Pkr2
     
  19. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio

    If you think someone with a BAC of over .08 can be "cold sober", you must be drunk.
     
  20. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I know a lot of people who drink a lot that aren't drunk at .08.

    Since you have chosen that tone in your response, may I say that if you disagree, you are truly ignorant?

    Pkr2