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Can you get a DUI if you are not driving a vehicle?

It is a common misunderstanding that a drunk driving charge in Florida can only occur if you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This comes from not understanding the law completely. If you want to avoid a DUI on your record, it is a good idea to become more familiar with what the state has to say about operating a range of different modes of transportation while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Orlando Weekly notes that law enforcement in the state take DUI charges seriously and follow what the law says exactly. It is important to note the law does not specifically say a vehicle must be motor operated. In fact, the statute says a vehicle is anything that transports a person on a roadway. This could include everything from a bicycle to a horse. 

Understanding the language of the law is essential to knowing that whatever you may be riding on a public road could be considered a vehicle by law enforcement. If they have reason to believe you are intoxicated, they can and often will stop you. Then, you could end up arrested and charged with a DUI. In fact, in Tampa recently a woman got a DUI while riding a horse. 

The main reason the law is so broad is to protect everyone on the road. Even on a bicycle or horse, you could cause serious accidents by being on the roadway drunk. This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to be used as legal advice. 


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