Precedent is Set: Bicycles are Vehicles, and As Such, Are Subject to DUI
We’re taking a more optimistic view of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ recent decision that riding under the influence does, indeed, count as a DUI.Â The case stems from the January 2007 arrest of Baker Everton after he almost rode his bicycle yelling and screaming, almost ran into a kid and then fell over.
In making their precedent-setting decision, a three-judge panel came to the following conclusion, written by Associate Judge Vanessa Ruiz:
“The traffic act defines ‘vehicle’ as ‘any appliance moved over a highway on wheels or traction tread, including street cars, draft animals and beasts of burden.Â Furthermore, a comprehensive interpretation of the term ‘vehicle’ is consistent with the intent of the traffic act to regulate traffic for the protection of public safety.”
There you have it folks.Â Bicycles are vehicles, and any driver that says we don’t belong on the road should go complain that we shouldn’t be subject to a DUI for riding our bikes after a few beers, either.Â Suck it.
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