PHOENIX, AR--(Marketwired - October 21, 2016) - Arizona has a well-earned reputation for having the toughest driving under the influence (DUI) laws in the land. While those laws generally apply to persons operating a vehicle, there are DUI provisions for bicycle riders as well.
In Arizona DUI law, a vehicle is described as a device by which a person or property may be transported. The law excludes devices moved by human power or used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks.
"While it's not possible to be charged with a DUI while on a traditional bike, you can be charged if the bike is motorized. Even at that, a DUI charge should only be made if the motor is actually engaged. That means that if you are even on a motorized bike and the motor isn't running, you still should not be charged," explained one Oswalt Law Group attorney.
"It is possible that you may be charged by police for disturbing the public peace, reckless behavior or public intoxication."
Bicyclists in Arizona, however, are required to observe the same traffic laws as other vehicles, including obeying traffic signs and signals, and using signals to indicate upcoming turns. Also, while a driver's license is not required for bicycle operation, all bike operators are required to carry identification. If the bike is motorized and can go faster than 25 mph, a class M license is required.
For more information about DUI laws in Arizona, visit oswaltlawyers.com or call (602) 225-2222.
About Oswalt Law Group: With offices in Phoenix, Tempe and Peoria, The Oswalt Law Group provides professional criminal representation for those who are charged with all types of offenses, including DUI, homicide, theft, sexual offenses and fraud. The firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and quality representation regardless of the charges made.[10/21/2016 1:44 AM] Michael Mills: