Daily Archives: January 27, 2010

…and DUIs on Bicycles

A few minutes ago I posted about an arrest yesterday for driving a golf cart under the influence.  Then I stumbled over this news story from the same day:

Man on Bicycle Charged with DUI

Naples, FL.  Jan. 26 — A Tampa man riding a bicycle was charged with driving under the influence after Collier County stopped him in East Naples.

The sheriff’s office reports that 51-year-old Tommy Charles Miller was riding a bike Saturday night without any lights. When deputies stopped him, they reported that his eyes appeared bloodshot, and he smelled like alcohol. Deputies also found two cans of beer in the bike’s front basket.

Miller was arrested and charged with DUI, refusing to submit to a DUI test, having an open alcohol container in public and refusing to sign a citation. He was being held on $7,000 bail.

$7000 bail for riding a bike with a .08% blood-alcohol level?  Must be a dangerous criminal…

Again, not an isolated instance of an over-zealous cop.  For stories of other arrests for DUI on a bicycle, see my posts Felony Bicycle DUI, DUI – on a Foot-High Toy Bike and DUI – While Walking a Bicycle.  

More MADDness…

If you ever doubted that MADD's "War on Drunk Driving" was more about alcohol than saving lives…

Man on Golf Cart Arrested for Drunk Driving

Bonifay, FL.  Jan. 26Florida State Troopers were on the scene of a fatal accident on County Road 177 Tuesday afternoon when Jerry Ogburn drove up on a golf cart just to look at the crash. That's not against the law. But driving under the influence is.

Ogburn was arrested for DUI and booked into the Holmes County Jail. Troopers say it's not his first DUI arrest.

Because of Ogburn's drunk driving history, his golf cart was supposed to have an ignition interlock device which would prevent him from starting it if he'd been drinking…

DUI in a golf cart?  Ignition interlock devices on golf carts?

No, this isn't some weird aberration or an over-zealous cop.  This is MADD's prohibition agenda run amok.  See some of my previous posts, including DUI arrests on golf carts, wheelchairs, lawn mowers and — a horse