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October 20, 2008

Pedaling While Plastered: Is there a Law?

Attorney Craig Renetzky, a  Criminal Attorney and DUI Specialist in Los Angeles, makes a point on his new blog that many cyclists may not be aware of, whether in Ca., or other states:

The law states that bicyclists are subject to the same rights as other vehicles, which conversely means they are subject to the same penalties, including DUI in California.

The California Vehicle Code states that it is unlawful for a person to ride a bicycle on a highway while under the influence of alcohol or any drug.

His blog is meant to bring attention to his business, I'm sure, but that doesn't make his point any less important.

He writes that a first time DUI offense is typically filed as a misdemeanor.

He says the penalties can include fines and mandatory community service.

A conviction remains on some sort of personal DMV record for 3 years.

Check the law in your own state to see how the state treats drunk driving cyclists.

October 20, 2008 in Life on the Street: Local, and state Laws, and other topics | Permalink


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Move to South Dakota. We don't have a DUI on bicycle (or horse) anymore.

Posted by: Kevin Brady | Oct 20, 2008 4:43:59 PM

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