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June 04, 2004

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I think this was one of the first stories I read by you and it was one of the ones that convinced me that this is the writing style that you should concentrate on. It's a really great story and I still feel sorry for you. But please don't drink and drive.

If you would have hit and killed me with your car I wouldn't be "barely" dead. You broke the law and got caught, suck it up and shut up.

Poor David, you should avoid playing in traffic if you want to avoid being hit. The laws regarding DUI/DWI are becoming increasingly ridiculous. One person's 0.08 can pose an serious threat to everyone on or near the road, while another person may register a .10 and drive better than you ever could. Most of us know a few drivers who would never be able to obtain a driver's license if they were expected to meet any serious standards of skill behind the wheel.

In a sane world, drunk driving in and of itself would not be a crime, but driving poorly would. If a teetotaller hits and kills you with her SoccerMommieMobile, you are just as dead as you would be if you drenched yourself in gasoline and lit a match...although the latter situation might make for a better photo op.

BTW, I've never been so much as stopped on suspicion of DUI (speeding is another matter, however). I have been nearly killed at least once by a bad driver who was likely drunk or otherwise under the influence of drugs. He drove away and none of the witnesses could ID him or his vehicle. I crawled out of the wreckage that was my new sports car, a bit bruised but essentially unharmed. That surpised and disappointed at least a few of the folks who saw the rather spectacular sight of my car going ballistic over the two oncoming lanes of a divided freeway, strewing wreckage for over 100 meters along its path before it came to a stop against the frontage road fence. I'm sure they would have had more interesting tales to tell if they had found a corpse bleeding all over the interior of what was left of the car, instead of me climbing out of the broken driver side window in a dazed sort of way.

If you want to improve your chances of living longer, wear seat belts and learn how to drive well. It works for me.

Zen Zone

Poor David, you should avoid playing in traffic if you want to avoid being hit. The laws regarding DUI/DWI are becoming increasingly ridiculous. One person's 0.08 can pose an serious threat to everyone on or near the road, while another person may register a .10 and drive better than you ever could. Most of us know a few drivers who would never be able to obtain a driver's license if they were expected to meet any serious standards of skill behind the wheel.

In a sane world, drunk driving in and of itself would not be a crime, but driving poorly would. If a teetotaller hits and kills you with her SoccerMommieMobile, you are just as dead as you would be if you drenched yourself in gasoline and lit a match...although the latter situation might make for a better photo op.

BTW, I've never been so much as stopped on suspicion of DUI (speeding is another matter, however). I have been nearly killed at least once by a bad driver who was likely drunk or otherwise under the influence of drugs. He drove away and none of the witnesses could ID him or his vehicle. I crawled out of the wreckage that was my new sports car, a bit bruised but essentially unharmed. That surpised and disappointed at least a few of the folks who saw the rather spectacular sight of my car going ballistic over the two oncoming lanes of a divided freeway, strewing wreckage for over 100 meters along its path before it came to a stop against the frontage road fence. I'm sure they would have had more interesting tales to tell if they had found a corpse bleeding all over the interior of what was left of the car, instead of me climbing out of the broken driver side window in a dazed sort of way.

If you want to improve your chances of living longer, wear seat belts and learn how to drive well. It works for me.

Zen Zone


This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title RERUN: Driving While (Barely) Intoxicated. Thanks for informative article

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