and injured pedestrians, been struck by other cyclists, and been “doored” or run over by inattentive motorists.”
Is Drunk Bike Riding Legal?
Drunk cycling laws vary by state; in some states, a bike rider can be charged with DUI (driving under the influence). However, even in states where drunk biking is not specifically outlawed, an intoxicated cyclist certainly can be cited for such things as disorderly conduct or reckless endangerment. The catch-all “improper driving” charge that is a lesser included offense in the arsenal of motor vehicle law enforcement may also be applicable when a biker is impaired.
The Dangers of Drunk Bike Riding are Real
Make no mistake about it, riding a bike with impaired judgement and reaction time is dangerous. Do not take the chance. If you or someone you know has been involved in a bike crash and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).