3 thoughts on “Don’t Drink and … Walk? How Alcohol Affects Even This Basic Task

  • March 31, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the app. Before I quit drinking I once broke my leg while intoxicated. All I was doing was walking down the road. Just the difference in height between the sidewalk and some persons yard threw me off. It could have been no greater a distance than 2 inches.

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  • April 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Dangerous driving is a far greater threat to pedestrians.

    Even if someone accepted these inflated statistics, it would mean that 2/3 of pedestrians are injured while sober.

    I rarely drink but I’ve often been the victim of attempted murders by drivers speeding thru crosswalks and walk signs.

    Prosecuting them should be the priority.

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  • April 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I must disagree, though I am NOT a proponent of drinking/driving. After drinking any amount, I tend to do the speed limit and focus on the road…no distractions. Only less than a handful of times in my life have I ever driven when I shouldn’t have. I was a lot younger then.

    Nowadays, if I think I’ve had too much to drink, I gladly either hand my keys over & find another way home or stay the night where I am. I do this less and less these days. I now rarely over drink. But if I think I have or someone else does, then I don’t fight it. I’d rather sleep in my parked car than drive severely impaired. I don’t want to die and I don’t want to kill/maim someone else.

    I had a meeting tonight and a couple of our folks who were riding motorcycles were seen by others pulled over to the side of the road on their way. We didn’t know what had happened and were worried as all get out.

    When our friends finally arrived late, the whole thing was because of some motorist driving and talking on his hand held cell. He was weaving and hit one of our people’s motorcycles. Luckily, our friend was okay and his bike only has a scratch. Cops came because motorist called 911 from his cell (lol) saying our friend had hit HIM. Not true. When our people left the scene, the motorist was still being detained by the cops regarding the cell phone. Texting or using a hand held cell phone in our state is ILLEGAL. Yet people STILL do it…I see them every day. Cops can’t be everywhere. I see soccer moms weaving all over a parking lot while using a hand held cell, and young people constantly texting and driving. Driving a vehicle is NOT THE PLACE to be multi tasking! Our roads are just too crowded and too busy. Get off the damned phone and DRIVE. Nothing is that important! Pull over when you can safely do so & check the damned phone, but don’t drive and do it!

    I’ve learned to be hypervigilent (sp) when riding a m/c. I do NOT attempt to drink and ride…no way. I may have a couple and drive a car, but not on a m/c…no way. My friends don’t either. Yet we are dying or are severely maimed on the road due to stupid motorists’ mistakes, including (the biggest one) failure to yield right of way. In our state, doing that results in no manslaughter/vehicular homicide charges or anything of the sort. Motorists are cited for failing to yield right of way only.

    Meanwhile, someone’s spouse, child, neighbor, taxpayer, employee or employer, best friend is DEAD. All because of some ignorant motorist and their ‘but I didn’t see him/her’. We who ride run our headlights 24/7 and yes, we have loud pipes, because we pray if someone doesn’t see us, they will hear us.

    We riders are DYING to be SEEN!

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