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Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
« on: December 31, 2016, 12:10:21 AM »
... in Oregon!   The conviction - not the wheelchair!   :banghead


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Yes, for operating a wheelchair "under the influence" in a crosswalk.   :facepalm
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    Re: Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
    « Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 11:45:49 PM »
    The most inane part of this case seemed to revolve around just when is a person in a motorized wheelchair is a pedestrian or a vehicle operator!   While not an issue in this case, the first thing that came to mind after reading this was; just when do motor vehicle handgun transportation laws apply to power wheelchairs?  :hmm
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    Re: Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
    « Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 12:07:04 AM »
    We are talking about Oregon here - right?   :facepalm
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    Re: Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
    « Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 02:20:20 AM »
    The most inane part of this case seemed to revolve around just when is a person in a motorized wheelchair is a pedestrian or a vehicle operator!   While not an issue in this case, the first thing that came to mind after reading this was; just when do motor vehicle handgun transportation laws apply to power wheelchairs?  :hmm
    Seeing as the power wheelchair is a medical requirement, the laws may read differently, but in Pennsylvania a DUI can be issued for drunkenly riding a bicycle, golf cart, riding mower, and even a horse.  Yes, a horse.  Happened in my county.  Supposedly the guy was able to beat that one, but not because a horse was not a qualified vehicle.  Instead, somehow he proved that the horse knew the way home, and he was only 'riding' it there, not directing the course.  ::)
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    Re: Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
    « Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 10:05:34 AM »
    DUI laws were initially enacted because of the harm to life and limb resulting from accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.   
    What harm can you realistically expect to be cause by someone  intoxicated operating  a wheelchair?   :shocked


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    Re: Wheelchair DUI Conviction Overturned...
    « Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 11:07:12 AM »
    Letter of the law, vs. the spirit and intent.
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