Can You Get a DUI on a Bike in Arizona?

Some people may opt to ride a bicycle to the bars, thinking that this is a safe alternative to driving and will prevent them from being eligible for a DUI because a bike does not have a motor. That assumption is correct. In Arizona, it is impossible to be arrested for DUI while you are riding your regular non-motorized bike.

Arizona law applies the same rules to bikes on the roadways as other vehicles. Bicyclists must stop at stop signs and stop lights and to use hand signals to indicate when they are turning. However, the DUI laws only apply to vehicles. Under Arizona law, a vehicle is defined as “a device in, on or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a public highway, excluding devices moved by human power or used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks.”  If you have to pedal your bike to make it move, it does not qualify as a vehicle; and therefore you cannot get a DUI while you are riding it.

There are other risks associated with riding your bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  It may be more difficult to safely ride your bike, which might put you at greater risk of having an accident and injuring yourself or someone else. If your city has an ordinance against public intoxication, you may be at risk of being cited for that if you chose to ride your bike after you’ve been drinking.

If you drink and ride, please do it safely and responsibly.

If you have been charged with a DUI, please contact a  DUI attorney at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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