Have you been drinking? Don’t ride your bicycle home!

Did you know in North Carolina that you can be charged with a DWI on a bicycle? Under the North Carolina General Statute 20-4.01(49):

“Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon fixed rails or tracks; provided, that for the purposes of this Chapter bicycles and electric assisted bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle or an electric assisted bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those which by their nature can have no application.”

In some cases, riding a bicycle impaired can carry just as heavy penalties as driving an automobile, if you blow/have a blood alcohol content over a .08 percent, you could face jail time, community service, and some hefty fines.  Other types of transportation included are: lawnmowers, mopeds, boats, and golf carts.

What means of transportation are excluded in the statute? Horses! Yes, you heard that right, you cannot get a DWI while riding a horse.  If you have been charged with a DWI, contact King Law for a free consultation by calling 888-748-KING or emailing clientservices@kinglawoffices.com.  We are here to work with you to achieve the best possible results.  Let’s work together to protect your rights.