One Surreal DUI Stop: That’s Not What “Angle Parking” Means

Your Hump-day Recess: The Driver Was Inclined to Drink

Today’s photo comes from a parallel universe. Actually not, though you’d be pardoned for assuming that. This photographic record of a DUI stop comes from the California Highway Patrol’s Facebook page. And I doubt CHP has more of an idea of what’s going on than we do.


The gent in the t-shirt is being given a sobriety test. The reason why his sobriety is in question would be the 67 Buick Riviera that is parked at approximately 45 degrees to vertical. How it got there is a mystery; somehow it backed up onto the guy wires that support the telephone pole. The car, by the way, weighs 4300 pounds. Nice going, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph (the police officer’s shoulder patch looks like a CHP emblem).

Adding to the surreal quality of the photo is the late 1940s Plymouth behind them. No, that’s not the patrol car, just someone’s 20-year-old ride.

It would be interesting finding out how the car got there, and how they got it back to level ground. Also, just because it was a DUI stop doesn’t mean the driver was impaired. He might just have gotten his bell bottoms tangled in the accelerator as he backed up.

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.
Previous Hump Days: a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, our Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI message, Budweiser’s dogged anti-DUI campaign, How Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket, the world’s worst traffic jams, a dramatic buzzed driving PSA , an offbeat ad from New ZealandVince and Larry, our favorite crash test dummies, some excellent Soviet anti-drunk-driving posters. a lesson on how buzzed driving can ruin your love life, South Australia to Drunk Drivers: Grow Up!, a woman calls 911 to report herself for DUI, Felix the Cat and Drunk Driving,  DUIs who crash vintage cars – (ouch!), Woman Unwittingly Creates Self-Driving Car, A Brilliant PSA from Australia, a Road Safety Message in a Vodka Bottle, a PSA about binge drinking that is decidedly “meh,” Drunk Driver Crashes $4 Million Car, Drunk Driving in 1910, a Superb New Think! PSA from the UK,Drunk Driving in 1955: New Breath Test Technology Will Save the Day! and the Best Animated Gifs About Drunk Driving.