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Posted on 03/24/2006 2:12:13 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
Armless man caught speeding in NZ
A man with no arms has been caught speeding at 121 km/h (75 mph), according to police in New Zealand.
The driver, who used one foot to steer and another to operate the pedals, told officers he was born with no arms but had been driving for years.
The 32-year-old had passengers in the car when he was stopped on a highway near Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty area.
Police fined the unemployed man NZ$170 (£60) and banned him from driving, local media reported.
The driver, whose name has not been published, was going well over the speed limit of 100 km/h (60 mph) when he was stopped by police on Thursday.
Map The driver was caught speeding near Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty area
Senior Constable Brent Gray approached the driver's window, saw a foot on the dashboard and noticed the seat was reclined.
Mr Gray told colleagues he thought the man had an "attitude", then noticed the driver had no arms.
"He (Mr Gray) was pretty shocked by that, as you would be," acting Senior Sgt Deirdre Lack was quoted as telling local newspaper the Bay of Plenty Times.
The driver told police he had never held a driving licence.
Ms Lack said the motorist had been a danger to fellow drivers because he was breaking the limit.
"Obviously, driving at a speed like that, arms or not, you're just waiting for an accident," she said.
That's pretty good. :)
He is probably a better driver than those who try to drive while talking on a cellphone.
I'm guessing that's where some of the driver's attitude came from. ;o)
This is bound to get good ping!
Well at least the cop was in no danger from the unarmed man.
Must suck to have to drive and not be able to flip off other drivers.
He should have been able to get a license if he is able to pass the driving test.
This is not a ping....
(Heard this on ESPN radio today @ lunch)
One foot on the gas and one on the wheel....
The sign said "No Shoulder Driving" so he thought he was ok.
Kind of takes the fun out of "look ma, no hands".
Hi kido well your back I saw that guy driving today he gave me the toe
did he shake his big toe at you reprimandingly or did he give you the middle toe
It was the middle toe and it looked just like Nancy Pelosi
He has no arms and it sounds like he doesn't have a leg to stand on, either.
If you speed, you get your lead foot cut off.
This guy is screwed.
She shore does deserve to be shoved into a shoe and be made all stinky and sweaty.
thanks, al. it is good to be back.
At the time, if the client was employed, and owned a vehicle, the State of Massachusetts would pay up to $35,000 for the vehicle conversion.
We had one client - a thalidomide baby, whose hands were connected to his shoulders, without arms.
With his magic ring, he would wave at a certain part of the van, and the door would pop open, he'd climb into the driver seat, and be automatically strapped in, slip off his shoe, and insert his foot into a holder on the floor mounted steering wheel, and a row of toggle switches on the floor relayed everything from the dashboard, even to the bass/treble radio balance to be operated by his toes.
Should'a seen this guy drive. Absolutely amazing. He could even zip up his jacket by hooking a toe in the zipper pull, up to his throat.
This job gave me a whole new perspective of the adaptability of people.
"And I'm STILL trying to figure out how he gave me the finger!"
Well, of course. The murder suspect is always the ONE armed man.
I had a friend lose his leg in a motorcycle accident & had a conversion bike built. He still rides.
But he was armless.
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