I reckon that riding a horse in a drunken state was a common occurrence 150 years ago. I also reckon that it happens more often than we hear about it right now. Here is a tale of a modern-day riding under the influence (RUI) violation.
The cowboy, Patrick Neal Schumacher, appears to be a real horse’s patoot! The 45-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colorado was arrested by University of Colorado police after being spotted riding his horse down the middle of the street and swerving onto sidewalks in downtown Boulder, Colorado on September 9th.
There is no denying that a driving under the influence violation is costly. Just how costly was it for one University of Connecticut basketball player? It may have cost more than $100.000.
The UConn men's basketball program has suspended Tyler Olander indefinitely after his second brush with the law in six months. As reported in www.courant.com.
Olander was pulled over by state police and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, operating (or towing) an unregistered motor vehicle and driving without a license.
Olander was arrested after failing standardized field sobriety tests.
The 21-year-old Olander was arrested in Florida during spring break last March when he refused to leave private property after being asked by police. He had missed the final game of the season March 9 with a broken foot, but went to Florida for spring break shortly after his surgery and was arrested in Panama City.
He had his chance to redeem himself. Olander was accepted into a pretrial diversionary program, in which he paid a $280 fine and was to perform community service.
Olander is a 6-foot-11 senior forward who started 26 games last season until he missed the season finale because of a broken foot. UConn (20-10) was banned from the postseason for substandard academic performance.
Last year the 230-pound Olander averaged 4.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He scored 16 and had seven rebounds in a victory at No. 17 Notre Dame in what might have been his best game.
I hope this is a huge wake-up call for the big man. He is only 21 and has plenty of time to lead a productive life. I hope he enrolls in a level 3 alcohol awareness and DUI class and seeks counseling for possible addiction issues.
Matthew Cordle is more than just computer literate. He is also a killer. He admitted as much online.
The 22-year-old from Ohio surprised both local prosecutors and his own attorney after releasing an online admission of his culpability in a fatal accident caused by his drunk driving. As reported in www.rawstory.com.
He is quoted as posing. “My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video acts as my confession.”
He posted his confession on BecauseISaidIWould.com.
Cordle had not been charged before the video was released on Sept. 3, 201, but he says he was encouraged to lie by attorneys in order to avoid punishment for the fatal accident, in which he drove on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into Canzani, a 61-year-old photographer.
He further said, “I can’t bring Mr. Canzani back, and I can’t erase what I’ve done, but you can still be saved, your victims can still be saved.”
Cordle will be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
If nothing else, this certainly speaks about Cordle’s character. I am glad to see him taking responsibility for his actions. Perhaps while in jail he will take a good alcohol class and devote his life to sobriety and helping others who may think about drinking and driving.
I have asked this question before, but I feel it needs to be raised once again: should public officials be held to higher standards than ordinary citizens when it comes to driving under the influence?
I ask this question because yet another official is losing his job over a driving under the influence (DUI) violation. An elected official in Black Mountain, North Carolina was forced to resign after being arrested for driving with blood alcohol level at nearly four times the legal limit. Is four times the legal limit any worse than just over the legal limit? As reported in freebeacon.com.
Democrat Tim Rayburn, both Vice Mayor and Alderman of Black Mountain, was driving a fire department SUV at the time of the arrest. He registered a blood alcohol level of 0.30 when tested by authorities.
An officer with the N.C. Highway Patrol arrested Rayburn at the Candler fire station after a motorist called before noon to report the fire department’s SUV being driven erratically. The motorist followed the SUV to the fire station. Rayburn denies that his resignation has anything to do with the arrest.
Despite this indiscretion, Rayburn said that he will be keeping his name on the ballot for his re-election this coming November despite his resignation.
He was suspended with pay from his position as chief of the Enka Candler Fire and Rescue Department.
Perhaps he needs more than just losing his job. He needs a 30 hour internet based alcohol class and counseling for what very well may be a serious alcohol problem. I certainly hope he does not win re-election.
Let’s face it – we live in a world of statistics. They dictate virtually every aspect of our lives. Most of the time we do not even know it. Here are some stats you should seriously consider digesting.
It is well known that young drivers are more likely than older ones to have accidents. But a visual analysis of national data on drunken driving puts the disparity into stark relief — and suggests whose lives might be saved by a proposal to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit. The recommendation, by the National Transportation Safety Board, urges the 50 states and the District of Columbia to lower the limit of 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent, the standard in most industrialized countries. As reported in www.nytimes.com.
How do you feel about that?
Drivers younger than 26 cause the most auto fatalities in the United States, regardless of alcohol consumption. But 21 percent of young drivers involved in a fatal accident have some alcohol in their system — higher than in other age groups. Researchers have shown that even a small amount of alcohol can disrupt a person’s ability to concentrate or do two things at once. For less experienced drivers, one or two drinks can cause the loss of reasoning and reaction time that might result in a fatal crash.
More than 6,600 impaired drivers are involved in fatal accidents every year, causing about 10,000 deaths. About half of those accidents are caused by drivers with blood alcohol levels at or below 0.16 percent.
Seriously, now is the time to ponder the issue at hand. Should we consider lowering the BAC limit? I welcome your thoughts.