Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Jun 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm
I had a roommate who had 2 DUIs in a year or so. She put herself in rehab, thankfully. Actually, she was lucky - the cop took her to Second Chance, after watching her drive into a hotel parking lot, hit a pylon, exit the vehicle & use the hotel lobby restroom. Nice officer was waiting for her apres potty break.
She was completely humiliated & then further humiliated by having to use one of those blow devices to start her car, for quite awhile. She is lucky she was even allowed to do that. She was one of the ones who learned her lesson. I had little sympathy & refused to visit her in rehab - no way was I gonna drive to Santa Cruz County & spend my precious weekend hours surrounded by drunks & addicts. I've worked hard enough to keep them at bay here in EPA!
I learned that a friend, over the weekend, got falling down drunk, in public, at a community event. People stared & commented, worried about her. She wasn't driving, & had to literally be carried to where she was staying, nearby. A mutual close friend's message to her that she needs to admit she has a problem & get help (apparently, this is a common behavior) fell on deaf ears.
As much as I disrespect drunk cyclists, dude wasn't nearly as much of a pubic threat as driver. I hope his vehicle was impounded.
I wonder if cyclist has insurance to cover his injuries? If not, how do they get paid? Hmmmmmmm....
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Jun 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm
My bad. POGO, - I wasn't clear, actually. I wondered if cyclist had *health* insurance & if not, who's gonna pay his medical bills?
Sheesh, all over here in EPA, cyclists sans helmets & lights at night. I know they're not gonna save everyone's life, but even our MAYOR doesn't wear his. I personally suspect it's the culture of machismo. Hey, when you're on a country road, meandering nicely, it's one thing, but on ECR & these other busy streets? Insanity.
I was hit as a kid & dragged on my bike - no helmet. It was in the dark ages, just after the wheel was invented & no one wore helmets. I held onto my bike for dear life - if I'd been thrown, it wouldn't have been pretty.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Jun 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Yes, indeed. As great as our clinics for low income residents are, they are clinics, not ERs. I am preaching to the choir here, but I hope that this driver is held accountable financially for much of this - & pays up.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Jun 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm
Because he was drunk, had no license & was driving a bigger vehicle capable of doing more damage & most likely had no insurance. That's just my perspective, not the law, of course. Of course the cyclist should also be held accountable for some of this. If the driver had been sober, licensed, etc., it'd be different.