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Saw that wreck yesterdaty,really sobering.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by jerseyguy, Mar 21, 2015.

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  1. jerseyguy

    jerseyguy VIP Whale

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    Drove past that accident scene on Staten Island NY involving the off-duty cops going the wrong way on the highway at 5am. I think this made the national news .
    The car was up on a flatbed ,about the only thing that wasnt crushed was the rear bumper. It looked like the engine was still laying in the grass.
    The accident speaks for itself about drinking and driving,.
     
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    Why are people still getting behind the wheel impaired? You would think a group of cops who witness tragic accidents would just NOT ever drive impaired.
     
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    Accidents can be very powerful when you witness their carnage first hand. Three Fridays ago I was driving through on Interstate 70 as it enters the City of Columbus, I saw cars swerving in front of me and something large flying into the air. I immediately started to slow down and change lanes. As I approached I very clearly saw a body, a backpack, a coke can and other remnants strewn about the highway. I further slowed down and noticed a couple cars had already began to pull off. I phoned by friend who was following behind and he confirmed he witnessed the same. I phoned 911 and they were already on the way.

    The poor soul was of course dead, there was a small blip in the paper saying for unknown reasons he was walking in the center lane of a 4 lane highway at 9:30pm and that was it. The car I saw pulling over is the one that initially hit him before 4 others behind me would as well, fled the scene. It was later caught a few blocks away.
     
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    Back in my youth, a crowd of us hung out at a bar very popular with cops. The drunken stupidity of these guys and yes back then it was all guys, was amazing. Off duty and required to be carrying a gun. Frightening stuff, but the place never got robbed!
     
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    I spent 25 years on my local Fire Department in a town of 3200 and had to respond to too many car accidents and several fatalities over those years. Getting hammered with the boys seems like a lot of fun but the heartache and tragedy it leaves behind lasts a lifetime.

    May my brother RIP, Leonard Joseph who died 5/1/1970 as the passenger in a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, estimated speed over 120 mph when it left the road. The driver had a couple beers, Lenny didn't. I still miss him.

    We should all take a stand here and lead by example.
     
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    There aren't consequences like there used to be. A decade or two ago, the social cost of being arrested for DUI was harsh. Now, it's no big deal the first couple times unless you hurt someone. I can remember celebrities nearly losing their careers over DUIs. Now people make apologies for them when they get caught. We need to reinforce that driving drunk is never okay even if you manage to make it home without killing someone.
     
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    The laws are tougher in Canada but it still happens!
     
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    It's incredible anyone survived that crash.

    There was also a fatal crash on the AC Expressway yesterday.

    Be careful out there.
     
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    If anyone kills me because they drove drunk I will punch them in the mouth...
     
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    Fixed that for you.

    Normal people the cost of being arrested for a DUI is just as huge as it ever was. It's only if you're rich and famous. Heck, screw just getting a DUI, if you're rich and famous you can be snorting coke on camera and it's no big deal, because, well, one of the perks of being rich and famous. If I snorted coke on camera, though, it wouldn't be nearly as pretty. (Or if I got a DUI, or any of the other awful things that rich and famous people can get away with. :p)
     
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    A big reason we vacation in LV and Jamaica. I like to drink, but won't drive. Our cab service sucks in Columbus, so we end up staying in hotels. We are going to a concert tonight and staying right across the street from the venue. A side not the hotel also has limo service to Horseshoe Casino! WIN< WIN!
     
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    The only good thing,if you want to call it that, is if you get a DUI in NJ it's a MV offense and not a felony that will show up on a background check for the rest of your life
    A few cops do have a history of bad behavior like anybody else that often they get away with compared to average citizens ,but I will readily admit that along with a lot of my friends ,I've driven home in NO condition to be driving and luckily didnt kill or injure anyone.
     
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    I didn't need my post fixed, thank you. There are tough legal consequences, yes, for a DUI but when I was young, if you had a DUI, it would be in the local paper you became a pariah. Now folks treat the whole thing like it's just a slightly more annoying traffic ticket.
     
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    Jeez,today the paper reported that the cop driving had two DUI arrests and one conviction. Also six accidents within the last few years. Would anybody in their right mind go drinking with this guy and let him drive? My opinion ,the PD he worked for should have sent him for 30 days alcohol rehab or fired him.
     
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    I haven't driven impaired since my teens and I got some sense. My daughter is a cop and she still goes out and has a good time but always with a DD or I will still go pick them up. Can't believe that officer wasn't fired.

    TomTWI
     
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    Same here... I can't believe I lived through some of the stupid stuff I did "back in the day", but as they say, "I was young and dumb", which as we now know is no excuse. I really have a hard time understanding people who are adults and dumb with regards to DUI. Tragic.
     
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