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Old 09-07-08, 07:34 AM   #1
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DUI on bike... Well sorta

While riding home from a bar last night, I wasn't drunk by any means, just a little tippsy. I stopped at a light and had one of those 0mph falls. Not at all related to the beers. A cop saw it and kinda laughed a little. Then he turned the lights on and told me to get on the sidewalk. He asked if I was drinking. I said yeah, but only a few. He then gave me a breathalyzer and I blew a .09. .08 is the limit here in PA. After getting on his radio and what seemed like forever looking up my info he came back and said he was gonna give me a citation for public drunkenness since he rally can't give me a DUI since I was on a bike. Public drunkenness? I've ridden many times way more wasted then last night. Would he rather me drive my car home? What if I fell while walking, would I be the same?

Sorry about the rant. Just needed to *****. Cops here in Hanover have nothing better to do. He even gave me crap for not wearing a helmet. We have no such helmet laws, even for motorcycles. I hate ****ing police.
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Old 09-07-08, 07:47 AM   #2
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Ive heard of ppl getting full on DUIs on their bikes b4, but I assume that the laws very by state.
As such, Id say that while I dont totally agree with you getting a citation you really dont have much to ***** about. Drunken attempts and subsequent faliures at tarckstanding in front of cops is majestic failz.
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that has happened to m on occasion also, and i don't even drink.

the worst part is accruing demerit points for a car license handed out for bike infringements.
My 15 year old brother, should he get any infringements warranting demerits will have those rollover onto his licence when he is old enough to get it, now thats ridiculous.
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Old 09-07-08, 07:54 AM   #4
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Drunken attempts and subsequent faliures at tarckstanding in front of cops is majestic failz.
That wasn't the case. I just wasn't paying attention didn't unclip soon enough.
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Old 09-07-08, 07:58 AM   #5
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Anyway, the real reason I'm *****ing is I was on my bike, bearly blew over the limit, and still got a citation. What if I was walking and tripped over the curb. Im sure everyone here has done that sober. So if I have a few drinks and trip, I'm instantly publicly drunk? I was very polite and bit my tongue, and he still gave me **** and was a complete tool. Here in Hanover, if your not a redneck or hillbilly, the cops give you ****.

I really need to move back to the city...
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Here's an idea, drink at home or don't drink . you were out in public you were above the legal limit, but the officer is an *****hole? I just love people that think that laws are for other people
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Old 09-07-08, 08:27 AM   #7
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Well you were riding at night, probably near bars etc, at night which itself is something most ordinary folks don't do, and fell over, causing suspicion in the officer's eyes, and then you took a breath test and were proven legally drunk, and since you were piloting your bicycle while drunk you were certainly DUI, and you should quit complaining and consider yourself lucky you only got some citation and not a regular dui. The cops that give you **** do so for a reason, so don't just complain about being picked on, makes you sound even more pathetic.
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Old 09-07-08, 08:36 AM   #8
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Denial is not a river in Egypt.

I'm not fond of police, either, so I tend to refrain from doing things around them that enable them to earn the wage I pay them while they are doing their job around me.

Alcohol is funny that way.

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Pathetic? The cops don't always have a reason to **** with people. Some police are on power trips. We have all seen it. Yes I was legally "drunk," and I know I could have gotten a DUI, but his attitude was very rude, when I was very polite "yes sir... no sir..." and I got ****. Thats the main reason I was pissed.

If your not supposed to drive home, how are you supposed to. We have no cabs or busses here. The fall was not related to the alcohol, and it was obvious to him. He even said so. I should have mentioned my girlfriend was with me, he didn't give her a citation, and she blew higher then me. She was obviously drunk. Its not that he stopped me, its that I got Public Drunkenness. If it was a DUI I would have understood. I got that citation and there must have been 7 or 8 very rowdy and loud drunk frat boys walking down the street. The cop just drove away after he was done with me.
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Well you were riding at night, probably near bars etc, at night which itself is something most ordinary folks don't do, and fell over, causing suspicion in the officer's eyes, and then you took a breath test and were proven legally drunk, and since you were piloting your bicycle while drunk you were certainly DUI, and you should quit complaining and consider yourself lucky you only got some citation and not a regular dui. The cops that give you **** do so for a reason, so don't just complain about being picked on, makes you sound even more pathetic.
Right on. Last time I was cited, I was doing 45 in a 35. That's illegal. I was ticketed, and when the cop let me go I thanked him for watching out for me and others.

If you're going to whine about being wrong, quit being wrong. Simple math.
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if .08 is the limit, and you blew a .09, you were drunk.

admittedly, a breathalyzer can be inaccurate. alcohol in the mouth from recent drinking may artificially raise readings - but exercise (like riding a bike) will lower it.

so it sounds like you were drunk. just be glad he gave you a citation for public intoxication - that's the same thing you'd get had you fallen down drunk while walking home - as it's far less destructive to your life than a DUI.
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I get all yoru responses. I just wanted to rant.

Not to start anything, and I'm not gonna keep going, but how many of you have ridden home from the bar? Many I'm sure.

Like I said, I'm not upset I got stopped, just his attitude and at the situation.
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In Illinois, you are afforded all the rights and responsibilities as any other driver. Here, you would have gotten a DUI. You were legally drunk, driving on the public right of way. Deal with it.

The cop did you a favor.

Don't drink and drive/ride!
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Old 09-07-08, 09:23 AM   #14
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Cops here in Hanover have nothing better to do.
Sounds like he was doing his job. At least you did not go to jail for the DIP. Either way, that does suck.
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you could have just lied about drinking. said the pedals were new and you were still getting used to them. lol

or you can keep whining about how the cop was wrong for citing you.
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Okay, I said above that I understand your replies. Is it that bad I wanted to rant. I'm upset about HIS ATTITUDE, not that I got cited.
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I understand your *****ing about it. The cops will single out one from the herd and pick on him, and last night it was you. Sucks, but you got off relatively unscathed.

At least he didn't beat you like Rodney King.
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I understand your *****ing about it. The cops will single out one from the herd and pick on him, and last night it was you. Sucks, but you got off relatively unscathed.

At least he didn't beat you like Rodney King.
Thanks. At least someone understands.
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but how many of you have ridden home from the bar? Many I'm sure.
NEVER. I drink only where I can stay long enough to sleep it off. I.E. at home or camped out in the woods on privite property. camped out fishing. If I'm not at home there is a tent set up before I drink.

Step back and look at the average person an officer has to deal with and tell me honestly you would not have an attitude?

And yes I have spent a lot of time in bars.When I was 18-21 years old fleecing and thumping drunks was my primary hobby
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Anyway, the real reason I'm *****ing is I was on my bike, bearly blew over the limit, and still got a citation. What if I was walking and tripped over the curb. Im sure everyone here has done that sober. So if I have a few drinks and trip, I'm instantly publicly drunk? I was very polite and bit my tongue, and he still gave me **** and was a complete tool. Here in Hanover, if your not a redneck or hillbilly, the cops give you ****.

I really need to move back to the city...
It doesn't really matter how "bearly" you blew over the limit. The point is that it was OVER. That's why there are limits to begin with. The cop picked on you because your inattention to unclip in time has gotten the cop's attention. This is nothing new. My friend went home after a bar and dropped his phone while driving. He reached over to pick it up, swerved, gotten pulled over and spent the night in jail. Why? Because he got the attention of the cop. If you walked home and tripped, I'm sure the cop wouldn't have cared. But you fell over going 0mph. That's going to warrant some attention from the cops.

You were also drunk and operating a vehicle. It doesn't matter that you can't kill anybody but your buzz could've gotten YOU hurt if you were to say, cross a road without looking.

Enjoy your lesson.

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I ride my bike to the bar and get pretty drunk, not hammered but pretty drunk, then ride home.
BUT if a cop ever stops me and gives me a ticket/dui, I will for sure deserve it. It's irresponsible and it is technically breaking the law.
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And yes I have spent a lot of time in bars.When I was 18-21 years old fleecing and thumping drunks was my primary hobby
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wow you're a peice of ****.

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What if I was walking and tripped over the curb. Im sure everyone here has done that sober. So if I have a few drinks and trip, I'm instantly publicly drunk?
Yep that's pretty much how it works. Still the cop was being kind of an ass for giving you a ticket at .09. On the other hand you should really count yourself lucky that you didn't get a dui. It probably won't end up as serious if you go to court anyway.
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You broke the law. Pay your due.

I'm amazed you even posted your trite concern at all.

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In Illinois, you are afforded all the rights and responsibilities as any other driver. Here, you would have gotten a DUI. You were legally drunk, driving on the public right of way. Deal with it.

The cop did you a favor.

Don't drink and drive/ride!
You cannot get a DUI on a bike in Il, if you're not on the street operating a bike they can do NOTHING about it; but once you get onto the roads you can get a intoxication in a roadway, but no DUI. This will explain it a little better than I can: http://chicagobikelaw.blogspot.com/2...1_archive.html
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Give the cop a fake name. Don't show ID. (You don't have to in PA; Say you forgot it at home.) Be polite. Don't pay the ticket.

Without a name or license number, they can't do a thing to make you pay the ticket.
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