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Can You Get a DUI on a Bicycle?

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is hugely irresponsible, you put your life and others life at danger. That being said, most people, when they go out for a drink, will either get a ride home from a sober driver or walk. In some occasions, individuals might ride a bicycle home. Which brings us to the question, can you get a DUI by riding a bicycle while intoxicated? Let’s find out.

Can You Get a DUI on a Bicycle?

You have to realize that bicycle is a form of vehicle, you are operating it, and you need a sense of maturity to operate a bicycle. Even though a bicycle might not be as technical to operate as a car and will not travel at speeds a motor vehicle would, it can still put your life in danger if you are not sober. There are some states which allow you to operate a bicycle while intoxicated.

For instance, Arkansas has no rule against operating a bicycle while intoxicated, which means you can’t get DUI. In California, you will not get a DUI, but you might get charged for public indecency or other charges related to being under the influence. In states such as Colorado and Ohio, you can get charged with DUI if you are caught riding a bike under the influence.

In Washington, you will not get charged, but police might impound your bicycle and drive you to a safe place, you can pick up your bicycle once you are sober. In 20 states it’s illegal to ride your bicycle under the influence of alcohol, In other 25 states you can ride your bicycle under the influence and not get a DUI and in 5 states it’s sort of a grey area and you might or might not get charged. Regardless of which state you live in, it’s best not to operate any vehicle when you are under the influence.

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