Can you get a DUI in Pennsylvania on a bike or an e-scooter?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2022 | DUIs |

To say that people are experiencing sticker shock at the gas pump lately is an understatement, so many people are looking into alternative forms of transportation, like bikes and e-scooters, as they tool around town.

If you’re among that number, just be careful that you remember to not “drink and ride,” because you absolutely can get a drunk driving charge for being impaired while operating a bicycle or an e-scooter.

Pennsylvania law has a very loose definition of what makes a vehicle

Under PA law, a vehicle is “Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway” with the exception of those used only on rails or tracks (like a train) and mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs.

Under that logic, almost anything else counts as a vehicle for the purposes of drunk driving charges. That includes bikes, e-scooters and even golf carts. If you are over the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) of 0.08% or the officers decide that you are visibility impaired even with a lower BAC, you will end up charged.

The fact that the law uses the term “highway” isn’t a loophole, either. The same statute defines a highway as pretty much any publicly maintained road that is used for travel by vehicles, including those in universities and public parks.

Really, the most sensible thing to do if you’re going to be drinking is to arrange for a ride home. If you do make a mistake, however, don’t let it damage your entire future. If you’re facing drunk driving charges, find out about your defense options.