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   If you're going to drive drunk, at least be extra careful and don't slam into parked cars while going 65mph. Especially if the parked car is a police car, with the cop inside

07 Dec 2012 10:42 AM   |   2695 clicks   |   KVAL Eugene
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ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Common around here. Maybe common everywhere. Police put brighter lights on patrol cars, attracting more drunks like moths to the flame, so they put even more bright lights on, attracting even more drunks. In the incandescent days there was a limit, but LEDs can blind 10 times as many drivers for the same power draw.

07 Dec 2012 09:43 AM
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JackieRabbit     
Did the cop have his blues or emergency flashers going? If not, he should be cited. Pulling off the highway in the dark without flashers is illegal most places because it's quite dangerous.

07 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
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unclemongo     
But did the doughnuts survive intact?

07 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
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Smoky Dragon Dish    [TotalFark]  
Was the dog OK? I see a dog carrier in the pic. At least it wasn't in the truck bed.

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07 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
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wheresourfish     
The guy will probably do hard time for interrupting that cop's donut break. If coffee was spilled, they'll probably seek the death penalty.

07 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
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ha-ha-guy     

ZAZ: Common around here. Maybe common everywhere. Police put brighter lights on patrol cars, attracting more drunks like moths to the flame, so they put even more bright lights on, attracting even more drunks. In the incandescent days there was a limit, but LEDs can blind 10 times as many drivers for the same power draw.


This trend has been pissing the hell out of me. You're going along the highway at night and suddenly come across a cruiser with six trillion LEDs going on it. It not only undoes your night vision but sears your retinas in the process. You spend all that time to get your pupils to open up, you look over at the shoulder to avoid getting blinded by oncoming traffic, and then you come across some cruiser that is lit up like your tacky neighbor's yard at Christmas.

I almost clipped a cop because he had his car on the right shoulder with all the LEDs going, but he's on the left shoulder doing something. I slow down and move over as one should do when facing an emergency vehicle and suddenly see a human shape in a dark blue uniform just off my driver's side about 20 feet before I'm on top of him. He wasn't even wearing any kind of reflective vest. He's just running around in the dark uniform while his cruiser destroys everyone's night vision. Moron.

07 Dec 2012 10:58 AM
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Mr. Eugenides     
As someone who used to live near a county workhouse and got to drive folks into the city for their work release, I can state that this happens a lot more often than you'd think.

The bright red tail lights of a parked car act like a magnet at 3:00 am and .30.

And police spend a lot of time waiting in running cars at the side of the road at 3:00.

07 Dec 2012 11:00 AM
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HAMMERTOE     
Actually, a model in terms of efficiency.

He crashed.

Cops were immediately on the scene to take control.

07 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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special20    [TotalFark]  

ha-ha-guy: ZAZ: Common around here. Maybe common everywhere. Police put brighter lights on patrol cars

[...] He wasn't even wearing any kind of reflective vest. He's just running around in the dark uniform while his cruiser destroys everyone's night vision. Moron.


It's called "Executive Privilege", and cops use that term when they want to get away with any damn thing they want to do, but know it's illegal. Asshats.

07 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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Onkel Buck     
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"Dildo" Dunphy has been there, done that

07 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
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JackieRabbit     

ha-ha-guy: ZAZ: Common around here. Maybe common everywhere. Police put brighter lights on patrol cars, attracting more drunks like moths to the flame, so they put even more bright lights on, attracting even more drunks. In the incandescent days there was a limit, but LEDs can blind 10 times as many drivers for the same power draw.

This trend has been pissing the hell out of me. You're going along the highway at night and suddenly come across a cruiser with six trillion LEDs going on it. It not only undoes your night vision but sears your retinas in the process. You spend all that time to get your pupils to open up, you look over at the shoulder to avoid getting blinded by oncoming traffic, and then you come across some cruiser that is lit up like your tacky neighbor's yard at Christmas.

I almost clipped a cop because he had his car on the right shoulder with all the LEDs going, but he's on the left shoulder doing something. I slow down and move over as one should do when facing an emergency vehicle and suddenly see a human shape in a dark blue uniform just off my driver's side about 20 feet before I'm on top of him. He wasn't even wearing any kind of reflective vest. He's just running around in the dark uniform while his cruiser destroys everyone's night vision. Moron.


But, but all ... those bright, blinky blues are what helps them get their dicks hard. Is your night vision more important that this?

07 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
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Nothing To See Here     
Well it did look like a Taxi from behind.

07 Dec 2012 11:20 AM
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DaCaptain19     
So the driver is not injured injured...but he is injured.

07 Dec 2012 11:34 AM
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StrandedInAZ     
Every time I read about an incident like that I'm reminded of one we had here a few years ago.

Link

07 Dec 2012 12:10 PM
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FuturePastNow     
"Russell wasn't injured injured in the crash."

Guess he didn't like being injured.

07 Dec 2012 12:18 PM
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Happy Hours     
So subby thinks that's okay to do if you're sober?

And all of you complaining about lights distracting you when you're driving, maybe you shouldn't drive.

07 Dec 2012 12:44 PM
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foxyshadis     
Actually, T-boning the cop at ramming speed might just be the best way to get him off your tail if there's no chance of evasion, and you're a hillbilly who can go to ground for a while. You might want to have an immediate exit strategy first, though...

07 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
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foxyshadis     

StrandedInAZ: Every time I read about an incident like that I'm reminded of one we had here a few years ago.

Link


The case against the guy who killed her was dismissed last year, too.

Yet another instance of the incredibly screwed up laws where in some states, reckless driving that results in death is completely legal, as long as you don't have drugs or alcohol in your system at the time.

07 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
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Happy Hours     

foxyshadis: StrandedInAZ: Every time I read about an incident like that I'm reminded of one we had here a few years ago.

Link

The case against the guy who killed her was dismissed last year, too.

Yet another instance of the incredibly screwed up laws where in some states, reckless driving that results in death is completely legal, as long as you don't have drugs or alcohol in your system at the time.


FTA: Back in 2009, a fiery wreck in Interstate 10 near West Orange Grove killed 45-year-old Faith Mascolino. Gallivan crashed into the patrol cruiser with Mascolino in the backseat that officers held for possible drunk driving.

Was the journalist drunk when she wrote that? The officers were holding the backseat for possible drunk driving?

Idiotic reporting aside, I'm sure some of you think that justice was served because a possible drunk driver was killed by a sober one.

07 Dec 2012 02:16 PM
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HortusMatris     

StrandedInAZ: Every time I read about an incident like that I'm reminded of one we had here a few years ago.

Link


Damn.

07 Dec 2012 03:12 PM
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HortusMatris     

DaCaptain19: So the driver is not injured injured...but he is injured.


I hear the body has a way of shutting down that sort of thing.

07 Dec 2012 03:13 PM
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ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
in some states, reckless driving that results in death is completely legal, as long as you don't have drugs or alcohol in your system at the time.

In the news today, the casino tour bus driver who fell asleep and flipped his bus was acquitted of manslaughter charges. The prosecutor argued to the jury that he was so tired, he might as well have been drunk. The defense attorney argued that any one of them could be in the defendant's place. The crash was at least plausibly criminal under state law, but the "poor hard working driver who could have been any of us" argument carried the day.

07 Dec 2012 03:26 PM
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foxyshadis     

Happy Hours: Idiotic reporting aside, I'm sure some of you think that justice was served because a possible drunk driver was killed by a sober one.


If so, she was executed in one of the worst possible ways to die. For someone who apparently had never injured anyone on the road, that brand of justice would be merciless and wildly out of proportion... but that kind of sums up the Internet.

07 Dec 2012 04:55 PM
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Lsherm    [TotalFark]  

Happy Hours: So subby thinks that's okay to do if you're sober?

And all of you complaining about lights distracting you when you're driving, maybe you shouldn't drive.


Maybe not on an interstate, but cop lights on a two lane highway at night can wash out your entire field of vision for more than 10 seconds. Go ahead and test it out yourself: lock yourself in a dark bathroom with a flashlight. Let your eyes adjust to the dark so you can make out objects in the bathroom. Then shine the flashlight directly in your eyes for a few seconds and turn it off. Count how many seconds it takes you to see something again.

07 Dec 2012 06:08 PM
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Happy Hours     

Lsherm: Happy Hours: So subby thinks that's okay to do if you're sober?

And all of you complaining about lights distracting you when you're driving, maybe you shouldn't drive.

Maybe not on an interstate, but cop lights on a two lane highway at night can wash out your entire field of vision for more than 10 seconds. Go ahead and test it out yourself: lock yourself in a dark bathroom with a flashlight. Let your eyes adjust to the dark so you can make out objects in the bathroom. Then shine the flashlight directly in your eyes for a few seconds and turn it off. Count how many seconds it takes you to see something again.


Pro-tip: Don't look directly into the lights

07 Dec 2012 06:54 PM
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Lsherm    [TotalFark]  

Happy Hours: Lsherm: Happy Hours: So subby thinks that's okay to do if you're sober?

And all of you complaining about lights distracting you when you're driving, maybe you shouldn't drive.

Maybe not on an interstate, but cop lights on a two lane highway at night can wash out your entire field of vision for more than 10 seconds. Go ahead and test it out yourself: lock yourself in a dark bathroom with a flashlight. Let your eyes adjust to the dark so you can make out objects in the bathroom. Then shine the flashlight directly in your eyes for a few seconds and turn it off. Count how many seconds it takes you to see something again.

Pro-tip: Don't look directly into the lights


Pro-tip: Do the experiment without looking at the light at all and get back to me.

07 Dec 2012 10:42 PM
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stu1-1     
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Don't follow the lights!

07 Dec 2012 10:49 PM
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Happy Hours     

Lsherm: Happy Hours: Lsherm: Happy Hours: So subby thinks that's okay to do if you're sober?

And all of you complaining about lights distracting you when you're driving, maybe you shouldn't drive.

Maybe not on an interstate, but cop lights on a two lane highway at night can wash out your entire field of vision for more than 10 seconds. Go ahead and test it out yourself: lock yourself in a dark bathroom with a flashlight. Let your eyes adjust to the dark so you can make out objects in the bathroom. Then shine the flashlight directly in your eyes for a few seconds and turn it off. Count how many seconds it takes you to see something again.

Pro-tip: Don't look directly into the lights

Pro-tip: Do the experiment without looking at the light at all and get back to me.


Pro-tip: Hang up your car keys.

08 Dec 2012 02:47 AM
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