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East Lyme, CT -- One person died, one suffered serious injuries and two more were hurt early Sunday when a car struck two motorcycles at the on-ramp of Exit 72 -- the Rocky Neck connector -- on Interstate 95 southbound.
The driver of the Ford Escort, Christiana F. Morton-Lane, 23, of 64 Browns Lane, Old Lyme, was not injured but was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
State police from Troop E said the Ford Escort was traveling on the on-ramp shortly after 1 a.m. when it went off the left side of the ramp, passed over about 100 feet of wire rope railing and then back on to the ramp. At the bottom, police said, it crossed the grassy area between the ramp and the highway lanes and on to the highway, hitting a motorcycle with two riders which was traveling in the right lane.
Another motorcycle with two riders was also in the right lane directly behind the first. It struck the first motorcycle, and both of its riders were ejected.
Robert Burr, 35, of Clinton, operator of the first motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene and an unidentified passenger was taken to Hartford Hospital by Life Flight for serious life-threatening injuries, police said.
Dwaine Wilcox, 49, of Westbrook, driver of the second motorcycle, and an unidentified passenger were taken by ambulance to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London with moderate physical injuries, according to police.
The accident remains under investigation by Troop E.

My condolences to the family and friends that lost their loved one and I sincerely hope the passenger makes it. What else can I say about this? Drinking and driving any motorized vehicle is not the right thing to do. What's done is done and it can't be undone.

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That's sad. I just wish the law would crack down on the drunks. To me this is murder and should at least be a life sentance. When you're drunk there is no such thing as an "Accident" its intentional.

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That's sad. I just wish the law would crack down on the drunks. To me this is murder and should at least be a life sentance. When you're drunk there is no such thing as an "Accident" its intentional.
I agree. I truly hope neither you, me or anyone on the forum ever have to know the pain and loss of having a loved one killed by a drunk driver.

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That's sad. I just wish the law would crack down on the drunks.
I wish the law would crack down on poor driving. Whether someone is killed by a drunk, a sleeper, a texter, or just a plain lousy driver, they are just as dead.

Much better to focus on the bad driving than on what someone may have consumed IMO.




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I wish the law would crack down on poor driving. Whether someone is killed by a drunk, a sleeper, a texter, or just a plain lousy driver, they are just as dead.

Much better to focus on the bad driving than on what someone may have consumed IMO.
So if you're not skilled enough, you shouldn't be on the road (that means nobody ever starts driving/riding again, since we all start green). However, if you're skilled, you can go ahead and drink and drive/ride, no problem. Is that what you're suggesting?

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So if you're not skilled enough, you shouldn't be on the road (that means nobody ever starts driving/riding again, since we all start green). However, if you're skilled, you can go ahead and drink and drive/ride, no problem. Is that what you're suggesting?
I'm suggesting that poor drivers cause accidents. There are a bazillion people in this world who have driven home with a buzz responsibly. I'm not saying it's a good idea, but I'd far rather ride next to someone who had a few beers with dinner and is driving home cautiously to avoid detection than ride in the same county with someone whose falling asleep or some idiot teenager who's more interested in texting her boyfriend than noticing I'm stopped in front of her.




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I'm suggesting that poor drivers cause accidents. There are a bazillion people in this world who have driven home with a buzz responsibly. I'm not saying it's a good idea, but I'd far rather ride next to someone who had a few beers with dinner and is driving home cautiously to avoid detection than ride in the same county with someone whose falling asleep or some idiot teenager who's more interested in texting her boyfriend than noticing I'm stopped in front of her.
You never lost anyone dear to a drunk driver. If you ever do, you will change your mind in a heartbeat. Drinking and driving (or riding) is a choice you make to gamble with your life and the lives of those around you.

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I'm suggesting that poor drivers cause accidents. There are a bazillion people in this world who have driven home with a buzz responsibly. I'm not saying it's a good idea, but I'd far rather ride next to someone who had a few beers with dinner and is driving home cautiously to avoid detection than ride in the same county with someone whose falling asleep or some idiot teenager who's more interested in texting her boyfriend than noticing I'm stopped in front of her.

Your statement in regards to driving responsibly when buzzed is too irrational to debate. I'll just wholeheartedly disagree with it.

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Your statement in regards to driving responsibly when buzzed is too irrational to debate. I'll just wholeheartedly disagree with it.
There is no need to debate it. Go out to your local bar/restaurant and notice the number of people who are drinking and go home. Now multiply that by a few million bar/restaurants around the country. If it was as irrational as you say, all of them would have wrecked and killed millions of people every night.

But think about it, what is so rational about getting killed by someone simply not paying attention?

I was driving home the other day behind some moron girl playing with her text transmitter. Every light she would be engrossed and I'd lay on the horn when the light turned green to wake her up. She looked around stupefied, but went right back to it light after light. I'm sure glad I was behind her...




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There is no need to debate it. Go out to your local bar/restaurant and notice the number of people who are drinking and go home. Now multiply that by a few million bar/restaurants around the country. If it was as irrational as you say, all of them would have wrecked and killed millions of people every night.

But think about it, what is so rational about getting killed by someone simply not paying attention?

I was driving home the other day behind some moron girl playing with her text transmitter. Every light she would be engrossed and I'd lay on the horn when the light turned green to wake her up. She looked around stupefied, but went right back to it light after light. I'm sure glad I was behind her...
Consequences of texting and driving are not harsh enough. Same for drunk driving. That's why so many are doing it, because they'll get a ticket, shrug it off, and get back to it. And by the way, you don't have to kill someone everyday for it to be an issue. One time is one too many.

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