William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 31, May, 2008

The Arms Race Continues

Filed under: Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 14:56

Not the military arms race, a race to avoid speed traps.  Hey, I’ve got an idea.  Don’t be a jerk, and keep it within five miles of the posted limit.  As a forensic pathologist, let me assure you that one many folks who become my patients are 1. speeding and 2. drunk.  And it’s not just DWI.  I’ve had BWI (boating while intoxicated) SWI (Swimming while intoxicated) BWI (Biking while intoxicated) and WWI, (Walking While Intoxicated).  The common thread is the WHILE INTOXICATED.  Alcohol leads to poor judgement. 

The most dramatic example of this is the fellow who lost his lisence for DWI, so he was coming home from the bar WWI, and he thought it was a good idea to stop and answer the call of nature in the middle of the highway.  The other drunk guy who klobbered him with the Caddy was just the icing on the cake, but he wouldn’t have been hit if he had gone before he left the bar.  So, when your father told you to hit the head before starting on the trip, he was wiser than you gave him credit for, wasn’t he?


  1. I HATE drunk drivers, boaters or walkers… inevitably they are going to get somebody killed, either themselves or the people they run over.

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 31, May, 2008 @ 17:10 | Reply

  2. Ayup.

    Last time I had a drink, and operated anything at all, I was 17.
    Nothing bad happened, but some brain cells clicked and I realized this was not a path to old age.

    Does not pay to roll dice with Charles Darwin.

    Comment by Carteach0 — Saturday, 31, May, 2008 @ 21:17 | Reply

  3. Hi –

    RE: Speedtrap Topic

    Instead of just a monetary penality, speeding should also result in a progressive, mandatory loss-of-license – i.e.- 30 days / 5 m.p.h., 60 days / 10 mph. 6 months above that, etc..

    Who in the world needs to go higher than our 65 – 70 mph limits ?

    These folks still don’t know that slower will also make their beasts use less fuel?

    Comment by everett whitney — Sunday, 1, June, 2008 @ 07:57 | Reply

  4. So, where did speed figure into this post? It appears to be about intoxication.

    The reason speeding does not lead to license suspension is that it is a revenue generator. Suspending the license does nothing to raise money. State troopers rarely pull over anyone for traveling less than 80 mph, unless they are behaving badly (no, just driving fast is not behaving badly).

    The problem of driving is it is from the perspective of each driver. Anyone driving slower is a moron and anyone driving faster is a reckless jerk.

    Comment by Rogue Medic — Thursday, 5, June, 2008 @ 11:00 | Reply

  5. Rogue
    As a rule, as alcohol is disinhibiting, speeding and intoxication go hand-in-hand. Now, if they weren’t drunk, either they wouldn’t be speeding or they’d be able to handle the speed, I dunno which is which. But there is a correlational link.

    Comment by williamthecoroner — Thursday, 5, June, 2008 @ 11:07 | Reply

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