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Alternate Transportation Methods While Drinking and Legal Consequences

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After a night of drinking, the best mode of transportation to arrive safely at home, without harming anyone or being guilty of a DUI, is usually a taxi or car driven by a designated (and therefore sober) driver. What about alternate transportation methods, however? Is it legal to ride a horse while intoxicated, or a lawnmower, or even a bicycle? The last item is the subject of much discussion in Arizona due to the concept of the “BUI,” or bicycling under the influence.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of DUI accidents. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

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With the addition of the new bike share program in the Phoenix area in August 2014, bicycles can be rented by anyone over the age of 16 who wishes to have a slightly faster mode of transportation than walking.

With the availability of bike share bikes expanding across the city, it is not hard to imagine a scenario—especially the one in which an intoxicated party-goer determines that renting a bike as a way home is a fantastic idea. Despite the urban myth to the contrary, this would not be considered “bicycling under the influence”, or BUI, under Arizona’s DUI laws.

What is confusing and may have led to the myth of a BUI is that Arizona’s laws governing the use of a bicycle on public streets includes language that imputes on the bicyclist all the responsibilities of motorists, without the liability for a DUI. This is because a bicycle is not considered a motor vehicle pursuant to Arizona law and so does not fall within the definition of “driving under the influence”, so a BUI cannot exist.

This is not to say that drunk bicycling is a good idea or that drunk cyclists are above the law. To the contrary, a cyclist may be liable for other traffic violations, such as speeding, failure to abide by stop signs, or impeding the flow of traffic.

Other DUI Facts

While a drunk partygoer may be immune from receiving a DUI on a bicycle, other choices do not guarantee the same immunity. What many individuals do not know is that even sleeping inside of a car while intoxicated may land the “driver” in jail facing DUI charges. This is because Arizona law requires that a driver be controlling a vehicle. Even if an intoxicated driver has no intent to move his or her car, if the facts of a situation could potentially allow the drunk individual to operate the vehicle, he or she may be guilty of a DUI.


Operating any motorized vehicle, from a lawn mower to a horse-drawn carriage, under the influence of alcohol can carry with it serious consequences under a state’s DUI laws as these can cause serious injury and damage at the hands of a reckless driver. No one should face the uncertainty of the legal system alone, especially if a drunk driver is trying to skirt the law by the use of a technicality.

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At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from DUI accidents in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a DUI accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.