Another rider mower DWI


And I must report it is in my own neck of the
: Lancaster, an eastern suburb of Buffalo.

It’s interesting though—in a gruesome kind of way—that lawn
mowers are even occasionally used as alternative transportation—I have seen reports like this a few times, and I don't intentionally search for them. The person in
question had a revoked license and perhaps thought (incorrectly) that he’d be
fine with the mower, so he was driving it right down a public

I’m kind of doubting it was electric …

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Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

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  1. The county to the west of me here in Florida is well-known for this. You may see a grand assortment of mowers parked outside the local taverns.

  2. I’ve got a neighbour who rides his mower all summer long. Sometimes he has a trailer on it, so maybe he’s got a lawn business, but you can reliably expect to hear him coming home around 8 on summer evenings on his little riding mower.

  3. We actually had a double fatality on a scooter the driver was drunk, his passenger who was 25 wks pregnant died along the her baby. Talk about stupidity!

  4. That reminds me, I haven’t watched “The Straight Story” for a long time. It’s great for anyone who has ever thought about using a lawnmower as alternate transportation.

  5. What I find odd is that I can walk faster than a lot of these lawn mowers. Why not just walk?

  6. Oh this really brings to mind the rumor about Tanya Tucker taking Glen Campbell’s car keys so he wouldn’t go to the bar. Supposedly he fired up the ole John Deere and went anyway. Why drive when you can take the riding mower, indeed. 😉

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