Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-10-07, 07:35 AM   #1
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
Thread Starter
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Danger from Drunks, By City

The Drunkest Cities

Interesting article on the most drunk cities. Little Rock does well. I imagine that the more drunks there are, the more drunk drivers there are.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 07:55 AM   #2
vtjim
Belt drive!
 
vtjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Bikes: 2011 Trek Soho DLX
Posts: 2,614
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Burlington, VT, gets #57?! Clearly I need to work to get that score closer to 100.
vtjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 08:18 AM   #3
acroy
Senior Member
 
acroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Dallas Suburbpopolis
Bikes:
Posts: 1,480
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
whoo, Texas takes 4 of the top 10 spots!

Dallas (mine) comes in a lowly 76th. better luck next year
acroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 09:23 AM   #4
oboeguy
34x25 FTW!
 
oboeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC
Bikes: Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
Posts: 6,013
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
10. Jersey City, NJ B+

9. Richmond, VA B+

8. New York, NY B+

7. Little Rock, AR A-

6. Salt lake City, UT A-

5. Yonkers, NY A-
NYC and the two nearest neighbors (Yonkers and Jersey City) pwn!
oboeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 10:26 AM   #5
pinkrobe
DNPAIMFB
 
pinkrobe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.
Posts: 4,654
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Around here, drunk driving is annoyingly common in the 'burbs, but is happily almost absent in the central areas.
__________________
Proud Member of the HHCMF
'06 Cervelo Soloist Carbon | '09 Titus El Guapo | '09 Misfit diSSent | '09 Wabi Lightning
pinkrobe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 10:40 AM   #6
MMACH 5
Cycle Dallas
 
MMACH 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
Posts: 3,613
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by acroy View Post
whoo, Texas takes 4 of the top 10 spots!

Dallas (mine) comes in a lowly 76th. better luck next year
Yep. We're only 14 spots from cracking that top ten.
MMACH 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 11:12 AM   #7
beingtxstate
Disgruntled grad student
 
beingtxstate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Champaign, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
Yep. We're only 14 spots from cracking that top ten.
Having lived in austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio for most of my adult life, I can attest to the amount of dumb drunks on the road! It was truly bad, I would regularly see people drinking in their cars (not just driving, but I could see the beer go down their gulets) Smart move people...yeesh
__________________
1990 Trek 330
2006 Trek 7.2FX
2006 Trek 7.3FX (Wifey's Steed)
beingtxstate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 11:15 AM   #8
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,738
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
66. Sacramento, CA D+


I can tell you that Sactown has significantly improved since December 28, 1998.
caloso is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 11:45 AM   #9
mandrake
Senior Member
 
mandrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 201
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This discussion reminds me of when I lived in Tallahassee. It was legal to go to the drive through liquor store and order a drink to go in a large plastic cup (w/ lid and straw). Yet, at the time it was illegal to have in your vehicle an open container (like a bottle of Jack Daniel's where the seal was broken). Not sure what the current situation is down there.
mandrake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 11:55 AM   #10
MMACH 5
Cycle Dallas
 
MMACH 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
Posts: 3,613
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
This was around 3:00 or 4:00am.
One night, I was riding home from work and came to a green traffic light (at NW Hwy & Shadybrook Ln for anyone from the DFW area). There were two cars honking at another car blocking their way. He was just sitting there, idling. I rode up next to him and could see that he was passed out with a beer bottle between his legs.

When I got off my bike and walked up to his car, the people in the other cars got out also. His driver-side window was down, so I reached in, put his car in Park and took the keys out. When I tried to wake him, he was unresponsive, but still breathing. I happened to have my wife's cell phone with me, so I told the other drivers I was calling 911.

One of them said, "I don't want to get the guy in trouble."
Before I could answer the two people from the other car agreed with her!
One of the said something like, "Just leave his keys and let him sleep it off."

I said, "Look, IF he wakes up, he could likely kill someone.
If we leave him here, I'm more inclined to think that he is going to die of alcohol poisoning or choking on his own vomit.
If he gets arrested, it will probably save his life... this time.
Y'all don't have to stay. I'll wait for the ambulance to show up."

With that they got in their respective cars and left. The police got their first, took his pulse and called a tow truck. The ambulance showed up minutes later, strapped him to a gurney and I continued on my way home.

I don't know what ever happened to the guy. I have a feeling he eventually became another intoxicated-manslaughter statistic.

And as screwed up and pathetic as he was, I was far more shocked by the other drivers' encouragement to NOT call 911. What the HLL were they thinking?
MMACH 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 01:33 PM   #11
Orikal
flux capacitor
 
Orikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Houston
Bikes: 2003 Bianchi Eros, 82 Univega (fixed), random year mtb frame for ss
Posts: 543
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm surprised Houston didn't make the top 10.

Driving on the freeway here after 11 on a weekend night is like navigating a mine field. I think people have stopped even attempting to hide the fact they're intoxicated anymore.
Orikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 01:58 PM   #12
jimmuter
Urban Biker
 
jimmuter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Durham, NC
Bikes: Trek 720 hybrid; 2007 Specialized Tricross Comp
Posts: 731
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, #1? 1. Durham, NC A+

I guess all of our drunks take the bus.

Edit: There's more data here: http://www.menshealth.com/drunk/

Looking at this, our DUI arrests are really middle of the pack and long-term alcohol related illnesses are in the very low range. That stands to reason in a college area.

Last edited by jimmuter; 12-10-07 at 02:19 PM.
jimmuter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 02:31 PM   #13
acroy
Senior Member
 
acroy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Dallas Suburbpopolis
Bikes:
Posts: 1,480
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
This was around 3:00 or 4:00am.

............

And as screwed up and pathetic as he was, I was far more shocked by the other drivers' encouragement to NOT call 911. What the HLL were they thinking?
good greif what a story. wow. the other drivers, I can only guess, must have felt empathy for the dude. That is scary.

ps i have to drive around DFW on occasion on weekend nights and a fair amount of the traffic is obviously under an influence. Weaving, being weird.... I try to stay home.

Be safe out there!
acroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-07, 03:56 PM   #14
beingtxstate
Disgruntled grad student
 
beingtxstate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Champaign, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mandrake View Post
This discussion reminds me of when I lived in Tallahassee. It was legal to go to the drive through liquor store and order a drink to go in a large plastic cup (w/ lid and straw). Yet, at the time it was illegal to have in your vehicle an open container (like a bottle of Jack Daniel's where the seal was broken). Not sure what the current situation is down there.
In San Marcos, TX there is a daquiri place like that. Texas has a similar open container law, so the shop heat seals your daquiri in a plastic bag. Rediculous.
__________________
1990 Trek 330
2006 Trek 7.2FX
2006 Trek 7.3FX (Wifey's Steed)
beingtxstate is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:20 PM.