At least in California it's a separate section of the vehicle code with its own penalty. In many states it can be prosecuted under the much harsher motor vehicle DUI codes.
The tickets for riding drunk should be as high as in a car.
I respectfully disagree. I don't make a habit of riding (or driving) around while under the influence, but one can cause a good deal more death & damage with a several thousand pound car which is capable of traveling 70 or more MPH than one can with a 20-40 pound bicycle traveling at maybe 20-25. I'm glad the law takes into account that distinction.
IMO the distinction doesn't really encourage drunken cycling.
VA it's the same as driving drunk in a car.
I get woke up about once a year from drunken 2 am beach cruiser crashes. They might be sore when they sober up but I haven't had to call the medics yet.
Those are the guys LBPD is after, but just couldn't catch up with.
Runnin' With The Pack
however being drunk on the road isn't really any safer on a bike is it? Veering your nifty 1986 Bianchi Campione single speed into oncoming traffic
isn't really better for the driver who accidentally kills you and has to carry that burden for the rest of their lives.
Dying because you are drunk = Eternal Fail
So cyclists want the right sof vehicles but want their own rules too? These guys were dumb. According to the report they were going against traffic and drunk. If you are going to ride drunk, ride a beach cruiser. Just point and go.
Last edited by pacificaslim; 01-14-11 at 12:25 AM.
Thirst is stronger than the rules. - Stars and Watercarriers, 1974