In today's modern and health-conscious age, a growing number of people are coming to realize the benefits of owning a bike or scooter. Depending on your life circumstances, you may come to find that one of these modes of transportation is better than a motor vehicle.
For example, college students often get around on a bike or scooter. Not only is it more affordable than a motor vehicle, but it's also more convenient in some circumstances.
While there are many benefits of this approach to transportation, here's something you need to remember: You are still required to follow the rules of the road.
It may be difficult to believe, but you can be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while on a bike or scooter.
Many people don't realize this to be true, because they assume that a bike or scooter doesn't pose the same level of threat as a car. While this may be true, police are still on the lookout for people who break the law.
What should you do?
It goes without saying that the most important thing is to never operate a bike or scooter if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Avoiding this altogether will help you prevent trouble with the law.
If a police officer approaches you, there are some tips you should follow:
- Don't say too much, as the more you talk the more trouble you may find yourself in.
- You are not required to submit a breath test, and it's never in your best interest to do so.
- Don't give the officer any reason to arrest you for something else, such as disorderly conduct.
Driving under the influence is dangerous, regardless of what type of transportation you are using. However, there is a lot of gray area when it comes to your legal rights when biking or riding a scooter.
If police stop you for suspicion of DUI, make sure you do whatever it takes to protect your legal rights.