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Old 07-18-2003, 06:53 AM   #71
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Default Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.

Oh yes. He accidently hit the accelerator instead of the brake. But it's okay. He's old!

A 24 year old would be in jail facing vehicular manslaughter charges, rightfully so. Time to lock up this old fogey mass murderer too.

This coot must never get the chance to do this again. But, like my grandmother's rich friend, who lost his license, he just kept driving anyhow.
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:22 PM   #72
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:43 PM   #73
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I find it amusing how short sighted people can be when they talk about all the freedoms we give up because of our countries laws. How they are "out to get us" and "take our money", etc. There is a lot of common sense behind most of our laws that make your life better, even if you refuse to see it. In some cases, yes, lawmakers have ill motive for the laws they pass. And yes, you have lobbyist who know nothing about what they lobby against, whether it's guns, motorcycles, hunting, or chopping up monkeys to cure cancer influencing ridiculous laws to be passed that ban or limit our freedom and rights. But come on, traffic laws don't deserve to be lumped in with that kind of abuse of our rights. You think speed limits, helmet laws, and snapping pictures of speeders license plates is an abuse of your rights? You've lived a pretty comfortable life then.

What should we do? Get rid of all the stop signs and traffic lights? Erase all the painted lines on the streets and get rid of parking zones and no passing zones? Just have a big ol' free for all out there and damn the consequences. Let's just ignore the obvious and let the inevitable happen, do nothing about it, and then throw someone in jail after they mess up. Well a hell of a lot of good that does the dead person or the people whose lives get all f#$ked up after you wipe out a family member because "Hey dude, it's my right to top out my GSX"</p>

You flatter yourself to think you can pilot a sport bike on public roads safely at 157 mph. I don't care if youÂ’re Valentino Rossi it can't be done. What about all the unpredictable road hazards that are hard enough to avoid at 70 mph? Oh, thatÂ’s just us old people who donÂ’t know how to drive, right? No problem for a young man on a sport bike? Well, look at the stats on whoÂ’s dying on motorcycles the most. Young men on sport bikes. What about the simple fact our highways were not engineered for vehicles to travel that fast on them (racetracks are by the way, you knew that right?)? I know you are not a professional caliber motorcycle rider and you are out of your mind if you think you're talented enough to ride one that fast on the streets and have it be safe.</p> Thank God we have these laws or you would very likely already be responsible for someoneÂ’s death. You think you and what you want are the only things that matter out there. "Damn old people in motor homes. Why don't they just stay home and watch Wheel of Fortune or play the frickin' lottery." It's immature thinking like yours and your actions that make these very types of freedom reducing laws get put into place. People who don't know good judgment from sticking their finger in a light socket.</p>

Yes, you have to watch out for the ridiculous laws but you are just as ridiculous for knocking speed limits as a "limit of our freedom". Telling you that you can't even ride a motorcycle, own a gun, or have oral sex in your own damn bedroom is an infringement on your freedom. Taking a picture of someoneÂ’s license plate while doing 157 mph on public street is a pretty good idea. Then when you lie about it and waste our tax money by tying up police, courtroom employee, and other public officials time the picture can be produced to put and end to it. Or better yet, keep you from doing it in the first place.</p>

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