Q for LEOs: DUI on a bicycle?

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    I think you are missing the point,drunken bicyclist swerves into path of oncoming vehicle causing accident,It doesn't matter that the bicycle will only cause a few thousand in damages to the car or the bicyclist probably was seriously injured or killed it's the fact he wasn't coordinated enough to be operating a hot wheels IMHO and put himself and other motorists on the road in danger of having an accident.If ya wanta drink til you're drunk as a skunk do it at home
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    As a teen I was once ticketed for speeding on a bicycle. There was a very steep hill on the way to/from a buddies house - steep down and steep back up crossing a small river. I would go balls out down so I had the momentum to get back up - once I was going fast enough that I passed a local LEO, he did not take kindly and wrote me a warning for excessive speed!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Its not... but compare the numbers of bikes and cars on the road the stats would be slightly misleading.

    Did you get a DUI on a bike or something? It seems like a strange cause to take up otherwise.
    I was thinking the same thing...........
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    Moons ago...I was out on the water with a friend and his family when he got a BUI (Boating Under The Influence)
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    driving does not equal bike riding

    Quote Originally Posted by mslaughtertx View Post
    Depending on the situation, I would go with public intox. However, I could see that it is a legitimate DWI, since he was driving under the influence and most states do not clarify that it must be a motor vehicle.
    The legislatures should clarify these issues, but I think they are plenty clear as it is. The most brief inquiry into the legislative history of these laws should make it plain as day that they were intended as prohibitions against operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and that anything else is a stretch.


    Charging a cyclist or horse rider or roller blade rider with DWI or DUI is a ridiculous application of motor vehicle law to in inappropriate circumstance. This is no different than the present penchant for calling ordinary crimes "terroristic" and minor sexual misconduct, "rape." Or calling a guy who pees in the alley behind the local watering hole a sex offender.

    Our law makers need to be re-taking some basic writing courses, and our DAs need to be applying the law in reasonable fashion.

    Yup, a drunk bike rider can cause serious harm. The PI laws are adequate. If there is an accident, the civil courts can handle the consequences and damages.

    A drunk pedestrian can also cause a serious accident. We wouldn't charge a pedestrian with "drunk driving" because he was in fact walking--PI charges would be appropriate, drunk driving not appropriate, and the same goes for the cyclist, roller blade rider, horseman. When a motor, gas, electric, or similar is involved, then yes, I would consider it appropriate to call it DWI or DUI.

    And as for charging passengers in cars with PI, I think that is mostly a stretch, though clearly common practice acceptable to most magistrates. If there is disorderly conduct, use that charge. The interior of a car is only just barely a public place.

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    I've got one for you,do you all remember the movie urban cowboy and the club Gilleys?Its in pasadena,texas a surburb of houston.Well,there was this man who knew he would be getting drunk and so rather than drive his car and possibly going to jail or hitting someone he decide to ride his horse,he only lived about 1 or 2 miles from the club,and if he passed out the horse knew his way home.Guess what he got stopped and he went to jail for PI.I don't remember what they did with his horse but I know it was in the houston paper.sj

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    IN colorado there is no public drunk prohibition . this means that you can get as drunk as you will . However there are statutes including you cannot so much as ride a mule while drunk . so if you stumble out of a bar here for gods sake set down and sober up , because according to our laws you are not safe to move once drunk lol .
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    If I’m going to have more than two beers, I stay home, and would recommend the same for anyone. It’s not worth it; period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    The legislatures should clarify these issues, but I think they are plenty clear as it is. The most brief inquiry into the legislative history of these laws should make it plain as day that they were intended as prohibitions against operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and that anything else is a stretch.


    Charging a cyclist or horse rider or roller blade rider with DWI or DUI is a ridiculous application of motor vehicle law to in inappropriate circumstance. This is no different than the present penchant for calling ordinary crimes "terroristic" and minor sexual misconduct, "rape." Or calling a guy who pees in the alley behind the local watering hole a sex offender.

    Our law makers need to be re-taking some basic writing courses, and our DAs need to be applying the law in reasonable fashion.

    Yup, a drunk bike rider can cause serious harm. The PI laws are adequate. If there is an accident, the civil courts can handle the consequences and damages.

    A drunk pedestrian can also cause a serious accident. We wouldn't charge a pedestrian with "drunk driving" because he was in fact walking--PI charges would be appropriate, drunk driving not appropriate, and the same goes for the cyclist, roller blade rider, horseman. When a motor, gas, electric, or similar is involved, then yes, I would consider it appropriate to call it DWI or DUI.

    And as for charging passengers in cars with PI, I think that is mostly a stretch, though clearly common practice acceptable to most magistrates. If there is disorderly conduct, use that charge. The interior of a car is only just barely a public place.
    My thoughts exactly!

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    I've got one for you,do you all remember the movie urban cowboy and the club Gilleys?Its in pasadena,texas a surburb of houston.Well,there was this man who knew he would be getting drunk and so rather than drive his car and possibly going to jail or hitting someone he decide to ride his horse,he only lived about 1 or 2 miles from the club,and if he passed out the horse knew his way home.Guess what he got stopped and he went to jail for PI.I don't remember what they did with his horse but I know it was in the houston paper.sj
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    There's a bar about 1/2 mile from my house. If I go there to watch Monday night football and drink a 6 pack, I should be able to ride my bike home without any danger of breaking the law.

    If I have had 1/2 gallon of vodka and am riding in the middle of I5 heading to San Diego from Oregon, yes... I should be arrested.

    An amendment to the law could allow people within a short distance of their residence and not belligerent to ride home from the bar. Common sense goes a long way but unfortunately, that'll be outlawed soon too.. I think it already is in the Socialist Republic of Kalifornia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Moons ago...I was out on the water with a friend and his family when he got a BUI (Boating Under The Influence)
    Thats a very common thing now.
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    Just walk. I ran on a kid with a serious head injury after he got hit by a bicyclist. Not an owie, I'm talking subdural hematoma. Noone here can convince me that a drunk cyclist is not a hazard. (even though that particular cyclist wasn't drunk)
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    Years ago I actually made a case involving a guy on a horse...his defense was that the horse was so well trained that it would know it's way home from the bar (with it's highly intoxicated rider aboard) While I stipulated to that ,I pointed out that at the time I arrested the individual and impounded the horse he and it were in the middle of the six lane highway that the horse had to cross to get home, thereby putting the horse's life in danger, the rider's and all those driving who might've hit them (some who just narrowly avoided colliding with the frightened horse running up and down the highway to avoid the cars, horns blaring) It didn't take the jury long to come back with the conviction!

    Bikes pulling out into the traffic lane can cause other drivers to veer out into oncoming traffic as mentioned above...as can other modes of transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    Just walk. I ran on a kid with a serious head injury after he got hit by a bicyclist. Not an owie, I'm talking subdural hematoma. Noone here can convince me that a drunk cyclist is not a hazard. (even though that particular cyclist wasn't drunk)
    This makes no sense at all. My son took a nose dive off my couch into the corner of the coffee table and just about split his head open. Now this particular couch wasn't drunk, but you can't convince me that a drunk couch is not a hazard either.

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