When it comes to driving under the influence, many people wonder whether or not there is a difference between driving a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle. The answer is that cars, motorcycles, and bicycles are considered equal in the eyes of the law. If you are operating a car or bicycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you run the risk of getting a DUI.
Do not make the mistake of believing you can ride your bike out to a bar with friends. You are not permitted by law to operate any kind of vehicle on a public roadway if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs — and that includes a bicycle. Ohio’s traffic laws will still apply to you.
DUI charges brought against you while operating a bicycle carry the same weight and severity as DUIs while driving a car or motorcycle. The consequences for DUI charges on a bicycle are the same as for driving a car including:
- Possible jail time
- Driver’s license suspension
- Community service
- Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- … and more
First-time offenders charged with DUIs have the option of completing a driver intervention program (DIP) in lieu of spending a mandatory three days in jail. You can learn more about DIPs here.
If you are charged with DUI, on a bicycle or in a car, it is vital that you contact a DUI attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.