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There was a legendary story running through one of the neighborhoods I grew up in that one of the locals had been busted for DUIs so many times that his driver's license was suspended, so he would drive his riding lawnmower down the gravel road shoulder, either to the bar or the local 7-11 for beer... so I got a chuckle out of this story.

[Note: pics of the cooler mobile are too big to post but can be found at link.]


Australian Police Impounded a Motorized Cooler

NOVEMBER 20, 2021

Regulations in Australia are strict on anything with an engine.

Australia has often presented itself as the laid-back land of the larrikins, living by the code of "she'll be right, mate." The reality has always been quite different, with the rules-obsessed society always ready to crack down on fun. A perfect case in point is this recent effort by Victoria Police, who impounded a motorized cooler this week.

Police claim to have observed a 25-year-old male riding a "motorized esky" on the sidewalk in Kerang, a rural town roughly 280 kilometers northwest of Melbourne. Police "intercepted" the man, who reportedly never held a driver's license. The cooler was classified as an unregistered motor vehicle, and the guy is set to receive a summons to court for the offenses of driving the "illegal" car unlicensed.

Notably, the man returned a negative result on a roadside breath test, though police impounded the vehicle for 30 days. The sight of a small cooler on the back of a local tow rig is an amusing one, and perhaps the best thing to come out of this story.

The Facebook post from police cited a regulation around "motorized personal mobility devices" which primarily concerns Segways, hoverboards and other self-balancing devices. Similar regulations in Victoria exist for scooters, too. All e-scooters are banned from roads and footpaths unless they have a top speed of below 10 kilometers per hour and 200 watts or less in power.

Neither definition neatly describes the four-wheeled, petrol-powered cooler, however, which runs a small Lifan 2.5-horsepower engine. But, as per Victorian legislation, since the cooler is not in a special exempted category like low-power scooters and electric bikes, it's classified as a motor vehicle. Because of this, the cooler is then illegal to use on footpaths. However, it also can't be used on the road, as it doesn't meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs), along with lacking lights, mirrors, and road registration.

Thus, for the heinous crime of riding an Esky down a footpath, a young Australian has been plunged into the court system. It might not sound like the Australian way, but as someone who has lived here for decades, I can promise you that it has been ever thus. The country that invented the smoko and the sickie is also the place where you'll get fined for drinking a beer on the beach.

Given that nobody was harmed in the "incident," questions could be raised around the time and resources spent enforcing these laws. Others will argue such regulations are necessary to avoid turning our footpaths into a racetrack. Either way, one 25-year-old is seemingly paying a dear price for an afternoon cruise to the shops.
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A friend went back to the dark side about a year+ ago. It started with pain pills after an ankle surgery, then heavy drinking.

He did his own thing, about 62 years old, the wife, friends, two rehab programs & others couldn’t turn the ship.

In a span of 3 weeks he got 3 DUI’s, OWI’s, whatever your State calls them.

No one got hurt, he did total one of his trucks. He said the worst one he got was on his lawnmower. He was trying to make it 1.5 miles down a quieter road for a refill at the corner store, whiskey refill.

He wasn’t fooling everybody, got caught. Now he’s embedded in the legal system, working the 3 with the attorney. I can’t guarantee there won’t be another.

These days, often any impaired operation of boats, snowmobiles, ATV’s & such aren’t much different than the car or truck. The motorized cooler would get a few giggles, but into the mix the offense goes.
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Originally posted by Modern Day Savage:
[Note: pics of the cooler mobile are too big to post]

Here ya go:

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That reminds me of Steve, the lawn mower guy.

My father modified a Toro riding mower so it would go faster since he had trouble walking. That was his primary means of getting around when doing yard work.

A neighbor living with his son saw how my father got around so he went out and bought a John Deere riding mower.

The first time he rode it on the city streets to go to the City Park, he got caught by the police.

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Oh come on…….leave the guy alone. Lol

You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier
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Good grief

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Regulations in Australia are strict on anything
Buncha fuckin' fascists
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Can't even drive a scooter to the grocery store to get frozen goods in Australia. Good grief.
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Know of DUI"s given out for riding lawnmowers / motorized wheelchairs / riding a horse / elevator operator because in Louisiana the law states any means of conveyance. ........................... drill sgt.
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The real mystery here: where did Florida man get the money to emigrate? And who got his guns?
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