Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How stupid do you have to be?

Now I admit that’s a rhetorical question, but if you’re going to do something incredibly stupid and probably illegal should you really be recording it all on your GoPro? I know everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, but really? Clearly not the brightest bulbs in the box.
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OTTAWA — Two Ottawa bikers face more than 20 charges and more than $21,000 in fines after police say they committed several infractions that were caught on a video camera mounted on one of the motorcycles.
Police said the two motorcyclists were stopped Saturday around 3 p.m. after several drivers called 911 about their dangerous passing on Highway 105.
When police stopped the motorcyclists in Wakefield, one of the men tried to hide the video camera that taped his joyride.
Police seized the camera and confirmed the driver had committed several infractions on the same day.
A 29-year-old driver faces 21 charges under Quebec’s Highway Safety Code, a $10,968 fine and was given 113 demerit points.
A 26-year-old driver also faces 21 charges under Quebec’s Highway Safety Code, a fine of $11, 268 and was given 116 demerit points.
The two drivers could also face a Criminal Code of Canada charge for dangerous driving.
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For those not familiar with this highway it’s one of those “killer” strips. Its high traffic volumes combined with few passing zones and low speed limit seems to cause a lot of drivers (and riders) to simply go nuts and take ridiculous chances, with the expected outcomes. I will avoid it like the plague unless absolutely necessary. As for the demerit points, I believe each 15 points results in a license suspension for a minimum of 30 days so if this holds our idiot bikers will be walking for quite a while, and maybe even longer once they see their insurance renewal premiums.  

17 comments:

  1. Canajun:

    There is a video posted on another forum. This looks like a tough one to get out of

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/229-total-demerit-points-issued-to-2-ottawa-motorcyclists-1.2054941?cmp=rss

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Bob - Saw the video. They'll not walk on this I don't think, but the problem is they'll likely just be back riding without license and without insurance. It's all too common here.

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  2. It's eejits like these that get bikers a bad reputation. They deserve all they get.

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  3. Let's hope they've not had a chance to breed and pass on their stupidity genes....

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  4. It makes me wonder about the biker gang that attacked the SUV in NY. Had one of their members not recorded the video on a camera, and not uploaded it to YouTube, we probably wouldn't know about it.

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    1. Steve - True. I guess we should be thankful for stupid criminals.

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    2. To quote a cop I know: 'We don't catch the smart ones."

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    3. Robert - LOL. How true that is.

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  5. Well I guess with these two there are greater chances of them being thinned from the herd because eventually the 'stupid factor' will catch up with them.

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    1. Dar - True. And if not perhaps they'll just get older and slower like the rest of us. :)

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  6. My worry is that one day someone driving a car will get get so pissed to the point that they will start shooting at us good and respectable bikers. Lets face it, One can only tease a dog so long before he gets bit....

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    1. Roger - That seems extreme to me (Canadian) but perhaps in some parts of the US it's not that far-fetched. But even if it's only minor things like not letting a passing biker in line, or cutting one off on a merge, or any one of a hundred other "get even" scenarios it could become dangerous for any one of us.

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  7. So many crimes and misdemeanors are etched in graphic detail on Youtube, Facebook and blogs. For the cops it's like shooting fish in a barrell. The guy should have popped the SD card in his mouth and munched and. munched, then swallowed. Then that would have been smart.

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