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Mr. Ed Rolls Over In His Grave

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,

but the Vehicle Code does not divorce

its application from, perforce,

a steed as my colleagues said.

"'It's not vague,' I'll say until I'm hoarse,

and whether a car, a truck or horse

this law applies with equal force,

and I'd reverse instead."

That is Justice J. Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, dissenting to this majority opinion, that ruled PA's DUI law doesn't apply to people on horseback.

Obviously, he didn't agree.

Three men were arrested for drunken driving, but two were on horseback. The prosecutors argued that Pennsylvania's laws applied to them, but the majority of the PA Supreme Court disagreed, found that the law was vague, and reversed their conviction for drunken "driving."

Justice Eakin made his point, but lost this round.

What about the Amish buggies all around Pennsylvania? If the driver is drunk (admittedly a stretch), does that mean that because they're driving a horse-drawn carriage that the DUI laws don't apply?

This case isn't going to ride off quietly into the sunset.

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