Today’s post comes to us from fellow ignition interlock provider, LifeSafer. Apparently, men across the world have been getting pulled over for drunk driving any number of weird “vehicles” lately. We’ll let LifeSafer take it away from here.
Here’s the rule: if it has wheels, someone will have too many drinks and then take off on it. The results are not always as funny as the newspaper headlines suggest.
We’ve covered some unusual DUI arrests in the past, most notably a snowmobile in summer.
DUIs on tractors are standard in some parts of the country. The reason might be that tractor owners don’t consider their tractor a motor vehicle, but rather a farm implement (not that those should be used while impaired either).
The tractor’s little sister, the riding mower, also seems to draw pilots who have had a few too many. In fact, Pulaski County, Kentucky saw two lawnmower DUIs in one week recently.
In Virginia a man on a moped – that’s right, a moped – led the police on a chase.
Approaching the heights of absurdity, a man in Australia (the unusual vehicle DUIs invariably involve men, for whatever reason) was arrested for driving a motorized beer cooler drunk. One needs to question not only the driver’s judgement, but the reason for the vehicle’s existence in the first place.
And then there is the vehicle that is itself a punchline, the Segway. Norway finally legalized the two-wheel scooters, and had immediate reason to regret it.
If there is a lesson to be learned from all this, it’s that if you’re farming, or mowing, or moping, or scooting, don’t drink.
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