Last month, I had a bad experience with a DUI road trap. I went to a party, and had a little too much "alkyhol." As I was about to leave the party, I heard several people say: "When you get to the end of the driveway, go right and drive over the mountain to get home. There's a DUI road block to the left." I didn't think anything of it, because I thought I was okay. So, like a dummy, I turned left and drove right into the trap a mile down the road. Bad move. The state trooper put his head in my window and asked if I had been drinking. Not to lie (he could smell the beer on my breath), I said yes. He told me to pull over and get out of the car. I went through the eye movement test, foot in front of foot straight line, etc., and did rather badly. They put my in a police car and took me to jail, while my poor wife had to call someone to come get her and the car (she had been drinking too, but only had a couple).
At the jail, the arresting officer sat with me in a big room, and filled out paperwork, for what seemed like 45 minutes. Then he gave me the breath test. While sitting there, I thought: "Hey, this cop is a good guy. He's giving me some time to sober up before he gives me the test!" Wrong! I learned later that your blood alcohol level continues to climb for at least 1.5 hours after the last drink! He was trying to get my alcohol level UP! By the grace of God, I came in at .072, which is under Kentucky's maximum of .080. But they still, for a reason I don't know, charged me with reckless driving or open container in the car (I had a choice). I wasn't driving recklessly, and didn't have an open container in the car. They were going to hold me for a minimum of 4 hours before I had to post bond. But luckily for me, a local judge had also gone to the party, and was following me when I got pulled over. He called the jail and sprung me right away, without posting a bond.
So I had to get a lawyer, who got the case dismissed. It only cost me $500 for the lawyer, plus $100 court costs. I had a great time at the party, but certainly not $600 worth!
The irony of it is, I was all set to ride my bike to the party, which was about 6 miles from my home. But then at the last minute, my wife decided to go with me, so I took my car. The question is, if I had ridden into the trap on a bike, would I have been charged just as if I was driving a car? Might have saved me $600! This whole sordid episode scared me spitless! I've learned my lesson. Don't drink and drive, bub!