Archive for April 4th, 2007

DUI on Horse

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

So, 20 minutes after posting about the Zamboni DUI, another news story came across my desk — about a woman arrested yesterday in Alabama for riding a horse under the influence.  So much for the brief moment of reason….


DUI on Ice

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

A brief, shining moment of reason in the War on Drunk Driving: 

Zamboni Operator Can't be Charged with

Drunk Driving, Judge Rules

Newark, NJ.  April 3 (AP) –  It's not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.

A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren't useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.

Zamboni operator John Peragallo had been charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a fellow employee at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown told police the machine was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards…

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph D’Onofrio said no decision had been made on whether to appeal.

Where was this common sense when they convicted folks for DUI on wheelchairslawnmowershorses – and even a foot-high toy bike?  (See "Stretching the Language of DUI Laws".)