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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square on Thursday, according to an announcement at nearby Reuters news agency headquarters. The New York Police Department closed off the area. A Reuters witness said at least 10 people were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.

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Time to play Drudge ReTort Rush to Judgement™:

Drunk driver, enraged hipster/Walltreeter/Brooklynite, or an Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-05-18 12:18 PM | Reply

"The driver, a 26-year-old man from the Bronx with a history of DWI arrests and license suspensions, was taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd near 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue shortly before noon, sources said."
www.nbcnewyork.com

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-05-18 12:44 PM | Reply

If it was a dui case, hitting it awfully early in the day. I'm going to say he was distraught over the deaths of Chris Cornell and Roger Ailes.

#3 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-05-18 12:46 PM | Reply

Drunk driver. This nation does not take drunk driving seriously. He should have lost his license after the first DWI conviction. Period. Forever. Now 10 people had to pay for the courts reckless indifference to DWI.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-18 12:47 PM | Reply

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#5 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2017-05-18 12:47 PM | Reply

If it was a dui case, hitting it awfully early in the day.

My neighbors niece was high on cocaine and drunk when she hit a mother and her child going to daycare at 8 am. The child died. Her mother wanted my neighbor to testify about how good of a person she was. She refused and told her sister in law that jail was best place to get her help before she killed herself.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-18 12:50 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by 726

You actually think that this nation does not take drunk driving seriously? Seriously? Man you don't remember the "good old days" then. I mean today a single beer will put most people over the legal limit. I think that is taking it seriously. In most states it is a Felony. I think that is taking it seriously. The rate of accidents related to alcohol has plunged over time.

In this case if he was drunk I guarantee he was well beyond the legal limit as well. The full blown Alcoholics (kind of sounds like he is one) are by far the worst.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-18 02:04 PM | Reply

#4

Agreed for the most part.

For me it depends on the circumstances for a first offense.

Someone blind drunk asleep at a red light? Most definitely.

Someone barely past the legal limit? 12 months suspension.

Perm suspension on subsequent offenses.

What pisses me off is the guy that killed a friend way back when who had six prior DUIs during the last ten years. That kind of BS is sad.

#8 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-05-18 02:12 PM | Reply

I mean today a single beer will put most people over the legal limit.

Having a lower dui limit means nothing if you can get defense attorneys bargain it down to point on the license.
Judges consistently let drunk drivers off the hook with slaps on the wrist.

Millionaire doctor kills teenager and receives no punishment
www.rt.com
"Alix Rice's 18-year-old body flew 167 feet after Dr. James G. Corasanti's $90,000 BMW collided into her at nearly 40 miles-per-hour as the physician drove home from a golf outing outside of Buffalo last year.
But on Wednesday evening, a jury in Western New York State acquitted Dr. Corasanti of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and a slew of other related charges, including leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. Dr. Corasanti will be sentenced for the one charge he was convicted of -- a misdemeanor DWI -- on August 16.
Most information from the July 8, 2011 crash was considered during the trial, although some critics have condemned the court for not allowing other evidence to be admitted. Buffalo's WKBW adds that Corasanti testified to drinking five alcoholic beverages in six hours that evening, and Patrick Lakamp of the Buffalo News adds in a May 27 report that the physician purchased a $100 bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon that evening as well -- although that tidbit was never brought up in court. Jurors were also prohibited from hearing about a 1996 incident where the doctor was convicted of driving while ability impaired after he registered a blood-alcohol content level of twice the legal limit. No one could agree, however, that the doctor had been drinking excessively the night of the incident.

Although he admitted his role in the crash, he walked out of a Buffalo courtroom on Wednesday with a mere slap on the wrist; for being spared a felony conviction, he can also continue to practice medicine."

1/3 of people convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.

27 people per day are killed in the US from a drunk driver.

A drunk driver on average has driven drunk 80 times before the first time they are caught.

www.madd.org

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-18 02:19 PM | Reply

It's only DWI, not even worthy of an article on the back page...

#10 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-05-18 04:02 PM | Reply

Texas had a good idea, Second offenders have to spend time in jail- no exceptions, third offenders can be sent to prison for life. Don't mess with Texas, if you think it is rare for a drunk driver with no other charges will be sent to prison, remember we have the largest prison population in the country and about 10% are serving time for drunk driving. Me, I do my drinking at home. Bars suck.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-18 04:47 PM | Reply

I like the Texas idea. I also like the Israeli idea, if you plow your vehicle into pedestrians the cops shot you dead, no exceptions.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2017-05-18 05:03 PM | Reply

Third offense in Texas is 2-10 years in the Pen and up to $10,000 fine, if no aggravated factors, and is a 3rd degree felony. There is no lookback period so all prior DUI violations count now.

Usually reduced to 3-10 years of probation if no extenuating circumstances. Plus loss of driver license for 180 days to 2 years. Plus a whole lot of other costly ---- like ignition interlock, SR-22 insurance, occupational license fee, victim impact panel, probation fees, DUI class fees, and a $1000-$2000 surcharge on your driver licence per year...not to mention an assload of community service.

Call a cab and leave your car at the bar.

www.dwi-texas.com

#13 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-05-18 09:37 PM | Reply

The reason I said you can get life for drunk driving is the fact if you cause a death by having an accident while driving drunk, it is a first degree manslaughter charge with extenuating circumstances. There are plenty of drunk loosers in the TDC for the balance of their lives, making soap and building office furniture. Jurors have little sympathy for those apprehended. 90% of those facing sentencing plea out. Usually get 20 years, but with "good time" two for one or three for one status they can get paroled in less than nine years. Texas is tough on drunk drivers, have no doubt. Strange, when I was 18 in 1974 I could have an open beer on the dash of my pickup and a loaded rifle and loaded shotgun on a rack inside the cab and not be in violation of any law in my home state.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-19 10:54 AM | Reply

I mean today a single beer will put most people over the legal limit. #7 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Either that person is emaciated, or you're in contact with some seriously strong beer.
Here's a calculator to estimate how quickly/slowly alcohol metabolizes in someone, based on their bodyweight and a few other factors:
globalrph.com

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-05-20 10:32 AM | Reply

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