Biking and drinking? Not in D.C.
The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the city's ban on driving under the influence applies to riding a bike.
Though commonly called DUI, the law in Washington actually prohibits “operating a vehicle” under the influence of alcohol. Baker N. Everton appealed his 2007 conviction on the grounds that bikes are not vehicles. The appeals court concluded that both the law's language and the dictionary say otherwise.
The case began in January 2007, when police found Everton standing next to his bike, shouting and barely unable to stand. The officers warned him not to ride his bike. Everton rode on anyway, nearly hitting a child in a crosswalk before losing control of the bike and falling, according to the appeals court. That's when police arrested him for DUI.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| April 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
Categories: DC, Traffic and Transportation | Tags: District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Driving under the influence
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