Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Leclair busted

Ah shucks, John LeClair has been busted for a second time for drunk driving. The incident happened on October 24th, probably right after he found out Lindros was retiring. He couldn't handle the grief and decided to drown his sorrows in some alcoholic suds. How far the Legion of Doom line has fallen.....
In all seriousness, this story even surfacing is lame. I don't give a flying fuck how many impaired charges any player has. I'd rather see this tabloid journalism taken out of hockey altogether.
Well, it does give me an excuse for putting together a Photoshop of the occurence.

Personally, and I know that the vast majority will disagree, (and I don't care), getting caught sucks. Do I ever drive when I'm over the limit? Hell yeah!
I have no shame. To me, there's a line. I don't drive plastered out of my skull and can hardly walk even. I do drive when I've had 1 or 2 at least too many that puts me over the "legal" limit.
Of course, I do this less now because there are so many roadblocks and the penalty is quite steep if you get caught.
But it is somewhat unjust in my opinion. I'm not an erratic driver when I'm sober, or when I've drank too many. You see, I think, the majority of the time, it's those pedal-to-the-floor, erratic, impatient, immature, showoff drivers that really shouldn't drive drunk. The booze only enhances that behaviour. I believe every single friend of mine (or acquaintance) that has crashed their car when drunk or died from such an accident was a crazy driver to begin with. I'm serious.
So yeah, I don't like the impaired limit and I think that most of the time it's the jackass drivers that ruin it for everyone else.
So hang in there, Johnny-boy. And stop getting caught!
You want to disagree with me? Go right ahead. I'm all ears.

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At November 7, 2007 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Jibblescribbits said...

Sorry Zan, I gotta disagree with you, pretty vehemently, on this one.

Drunk driving is the number one killer of people in the States, and most of the time people who are driving are barely over the legal limit. Most people who are smashed beyond belief can't even get in a car, or realize they shouldn't be operating it.

I am pretty sensitive to it, because I have a large contingent of family that has, at one point or another, worked at Craig Hospital in Denver, which is the nations #1 hospital for paraplegic and quadriplegic victims in the country, many of those injuries are caused by drunk drivers.

I can't agree with you on this one.

 
At November 7, 2007 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It's amazing how the rules have changed over 15 years or so. I used to babysit and when the parent's came home from partying they would give me a ride home...drunk. In the 80's it wasn't such a big deal.

I thought smoking was the biggest killer....
I would still like to see the number of drunk drivers killed or seriously injured and how many of them were shitty drivers to begin with.
A sensitive issue.
I have no idea of the impacts of drunk driving in cities or highly populated areas, but to me it's less of a big deal in small towns, where you are less likely to hit someone.

 
At November 7, 2007 at 7:40 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

Nice photoshop. I didn't know LeClair drove with his helmet on. :-)

Or maybe some teammate crazy glued it to his head as a prank and he can't get it off?

 
At November 7, 2007 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Is it possible Leclair and Lindros (fake retirement!) could both sign with the Canucks tomorrow, unearth Renberg wherever the hell he is and we'd have the Legion of Doom as the third line? Maybe? Think about it...

Also...#1 killer in the states is drunk driving? Hmmm, I'm going to go ahead and guess that heart disease, obesity, cancer, etc may be far ahead. Not to detract from what Jibblescripts is saying though...I've had friends who have had drunk driver smash into them. Definitely not something taken lightly.

 
At November 8, 2007 at 12:45 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No. But I think there is a big difference driving impaired in a city compared to a small town.
There's no one to run over at 2 AM in a small town. The only thing you could do is hit a tree, pole, or roll into a ditch.
I still stand by my opinions...but a lot of it may come from being a small-town hick.

LOD in Vancouver??? Oh please God no!!!

Matt: hahaha! I think it was Sid the Kid.

 
At November 8, 2007 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Jibblescribbits said...

Well it's a combination of me being wrong, and me being unclear as to what I meant, which makes what I said before VERY wrong. I was trying to say that Car accidents are the number one killer of people in the country (which is incorrect it's heart disease) and that drunk driving is the number one reason people get in car accidents (which I thought was correct, but again could be mistaken)

Car accidents however are the #1 cause of death for people under 34. And drunk driving makes up 29% of those deaths (13,099 in 2004), I think speeding is the number one cause of those deaths, but i think we can all agree that those go hand-in-hand a lot of times.

And Zan yes attitudes about drunk driving have changed since the 80's and that's a good thing. Of course a poor sober driver will be a worse drunk driver than one whose a good driver sober. However your reaction time, and awareness are still dramatically reduced after only a few beers.

I don't want to sound like one of those sanctimonious unrealistic jackasses who say "absolutely no alcohol if you plan on driving in the next 48 hours" there is an acceptable limit where you're not impaired. Usually it's safe to have one, maybe two beers (depending on circumstances, like amount of time those are spread out over, how much food you've eaten, and how strong they were, etc). I would watch football games and have 3 beers sometimes and drive home, but it'd be over the course of 5-6 hours. I think 1 beer every 2 hours is probably a decent standard to hold too.

And while small towns have less of a risk of multiple car crashes, but in a city you are constantly slowing and stopping for stuff like red lights and stop signs, whereas in the country you routinely hit the 55mph and higher mark, so while there's less to hit, the chances of an accident being fatal are much higher

 
At November 8, 2007 at 11:55 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"However your reaction time, and awareness are still dramatically reduced after only a few beers."

Oh man I was WAITING for someone to bring that up. I don't think reaction time is reduced that badly after 3 beers. Then again, it depends on your alcohol tolerance.

I'm not sure if I agree with your last paragraph, even though the speed factor is there, yes.

To me, I still think the city has way too many obstacles in it to risk impaired driving.
Thanks for the statistics though ...intriguing stuff.

1 beer every 2 hours????!! Ce n'est possible! I'm too chronic for that :)

 
At November 8, 2007 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Jibblescribbits said...

Oh man I was WAITING for someone to bring that up. I don't think reaction time is reduced that badly after 3 beers. Then again, it depends on your alcohol tolerance.

There's studies to show that this is true. Of course I do have a job and can't research hockey and drunk driving statistics all day, but the evidence is out there.

One trick a coop told me he did when he was the Deginated Driver, was to drink a beer, then drink a non-alchoholic beer. While it still tastes like ass, a lot of times when being social people just want something to sip on.

 
At November 8, 2007 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Nope, sorry dude. It's spiced rum and cokes all night. Or....until the game is over. I gotta feel that booze in my veins! :)

We can agree to disagree you know.
Of course, in my mind I think you are a conforming sheep...but that's beside the point! I kid I kid.

 

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