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2014-03-22 08:12:25 PM  
Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.
 
2014-03-22 08:12:36 PM  
Equal rights means equal responsibilities.
 
2014-03-22 08:16:03 PM  

pedrop357: Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.


Exactly.  This is dumb, even for Fark.  Now if he crashed into another drunk bicyclist... Must be a slow day of submissions to Fark for this to go green right away.
 
2014-03-22 08:18:22 PM  
Sometimes I think that if every cyclist were drunk, but as a group they at least stuck to a consistent set of rules, we'd all be a little safer.  Instead, we get cyclists riding with the flow of traffic.  We get cyclists riding against the flow of traffic.  We get cyclists riding to the very right side of the lane.  We get cyclists riding down the very center of the lane.  We get cyclists riding down the side walk.  We get cyclists that blow through red lights.  We get cyclists that turn left or right at will without any kind of signaling.  Look, car and truck drivers are bad enough, let's not introduce another level of total chaos onto the streets.  Let cyclists drive drunk, but set some laws regarding how and where people can ride their bikes, and enforce those laws.
 
2014-03-22 08:19:38 PM  
Lame.

The guy is trying to do close to the right thing and he still gets popped for DUI.  Just give him a $20.00 ticket for banging up the guys car and let it go, FFS.

Now he'll probably just drive a car under a revocation from now on, since there's little incentive not to and he'll possibly end up killing someone as a result.

Way to go.
 
2014-03-22 08:20:51 PM  
Diego Garcia, BIOT has very tough laws against cycling drunk. Almost all the vehicles on the road are bikes, since the only powered vehicles allowed are service vehicles.
 
2014-03-22 08:21:38 PM  
According to Florida law, a bicycle classifies as a vehicle. And anyone caught by police operating a vehicle while drunk can be charged with a DUI.

Another reason why Florida is Florida. Treating someone who's been drinking and riding a bicycle with the same penalties as someone who's been drinking and driving a motorized vehicle is ridiculous. But then DUI laws are already draconian, meant to bend over and extract money for various entities more than keeping streets safe.
 
2014-03-22 08:22:24 PM  
It IS stupid that some states have DUI for bicycles.  If it doesn't have a motor, it shouldn't be covered by DUI laws.  No bicycles, no horses.

In my state, it isn't.  DUI only applies to motor vehicles here.
 
2014-03-22 08:23:16 PM  
If he was wearing bike shorts with a helmet and some expensive sunglasses, the cops would be walking away with a stained blue shirt and no charges filed.  Maybe even sue the driver unless of course they were in the same frat.
 
2014-03-22 08:24:44 PM  
in Ca. you can get a 502 on a horse...
 
2014-03-22 08:25:05 PM  

MFAWG: Equal rights means equal responsibilities.


Damn straight, and I'm aggressively pro-cyclist.
 
2014-03-22 08:25:30 PM  
he went on a "drunken rant" to police about how he was not drunk, but he did have several beers and was "buzzed,"

Amazing how that has never worked in the history of ever.
 
2014-03-22 08:26:15 PM  

beer4breakfast: Another reason why Florida is Florida. Treating someone who's been drinking and riding a bicycle with the same penalties as someone who's been drinking and driving a motorized vehicle is ridiculous. But then DUI laws are already draconian, meant to bend over and extract money for various entities more than keeping streets safe


The only difference between a drunk in a car and a drunk on a bike is that when the drunk on a bike runs a red light, only the drunk dies.

When the drunk is driving a car, it's the innocent biker that dies.
 
2014-03-22 08:27:07 PM  

MFAWG: Equal rights means equal responsibilities.


Pedestrians are beholden to the same rules of the road. Should they suffer the same consequences if caught walking under the influence?
 
2014-03-22 08:28:31 PM  

Hilary T. N. Seuss: he went on a "drunken rant" to police about how he was not drunk, but he did have several beers and was "buzzed,"

Amazing how that has never worked in the history of ever.


Every single drunk driver on COPS ever says it too.

"Have you been drinking"

"No. Not at all. I just had a beer."

"You haven't been drinking, or you had a beer?"

"Well, I had like 3, but only one in the past hour."

"Is that it?"

"and a few shots."

"I see... anything else."

"I have crystal meth in my asshole."
 
2014-03-22 08:29:32 PM  
Quick got back on his Pacific Quick Silver bicycle and pedaled off

Yo dawg, I heard you like quicks, so I put a Quick on a Quick, so you can... ah, forget it.
 
2014-03-22 08:29:38 PM  

beer4breakfast: Pedestrians are beholden to the same rules of the road. Should they suffer the same consequences if caught walking under the influence?


It's called public intoxication...
 
2014-03-22 08:32:53 PM  

fluffy2097: beer4breakfast: Another reason why Florida is Florida. Treating someone who's been drinking and riding a bicycle with the same penalties as someone who's been drinking and driving a motorized vehicle is ridiculous. But then DUI laws are already draconian, meant to bend over and extract money for various entities more than keeping streets safe

The only difference between a drunk in a car and a drunk on a bike is that when the drunk on a bike runs a red light, only the drunk dies.

When the drunk is driving a car, it's the innocent biker that dies.


One is driving a piece of heavy machinery that weighs at least 2500lbs(excluding motorcycles, which is another issue) and can accelerate past human capability with a blip of the throttle. Given the consequences of E=1/2m * v^2 I think it's appropriate to treat motorized vehicles and human powered vehicles separately when it comes to DUI laws.
 
2014-03-22 08:33:28 PM  

fluffy2097: beer4breakfast: Pedestrians are beholden to the same rules of the road. Should they suffer the same consequences if caught walking under the influence?

It's called public intoxication...


Which carries far less consequences to a DUI.
 
2014-03-22 08:34:38 PM  
This submission is reddit dumb. What grade are you in, subby?
 
2014-03-22 08:35:06 PM  
I'm not sure what Florida does, but the idea that a bicycle, which doesn't require a license or registration, would mark the driving record of a person by their state DMV is retarded.
 
2014-03-22 08:35:22 PM  
Dude could have seriously bruised someone. Serves him right.
 
2014-03-22 08:36:26 PM  
I got a DUI in college for bicycling under the influence.   Sentence was suspended provided I kept my nose clean for a year.
 
2014-03-22 08:37:02 PM  

fluffy2097: Hilary T. N. Seuss: he went on a "drunken rant" to police about how he was not drunk, but he did have several beers and was "buzzed,"

Amazing how that has never worked in the history of ever.

Every single drunk driver on COPS ever says it too.

"Have you been drinking"

"No. Not at all. I just had a beer."

"You haven't been drinking, or you had a beer?"

"Well, I had like 3, but only one in the past hour."

"Is that it?"

"and a few shots."

"I see... anything else."

"I have crystal meth in my asshole."


I spit out my beer. Well done
 
2014-03-22 08:38:34 PM  

pedrop357: Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.


Just becaus that's what happens doesn't mean it should be. The intent of DUI laws should be to punish people who drive drunk
 
2014-03-22 08:38:58 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: MFAWG: Equal rights means equal responsibilities.

Damn straight, and I'm aggressively pro-cyclist.


Yeah and they should buy tags and drivers license and carry insurance
 
2014-03-22 08:40:21 PM  
I am all for cyclist's rights (on the road), but it is a shared responsibility. We must obey the letter of the law also. That means stopping for stop signs and red lights, not riding on the sidewalk (age appropriate), not intentionally blocking traffic, etc. I myself, have ridden drunk many times. But I still make all the stops and whatnot. I use lights. I wear a helmet. I have never been harassed.

That said..Michael Quick ran a red light...this guy was an idiot. He deserves whatever he gets. I currently live in a small, racist, redneck mid-western town (40,000), and I am one of few people who actively cycle everywhere. In fact, I'm getting ready to head out now, after this post. There are a few of us that ride for sport, recreation, and fitness. Then we have the court mandated cyclists. There are people in both camps that are assholes. I see them regularly blow through red lights and four way stops, almost getting hit, almost causing accidents. Do I want something to happen to them? Yes. Do I want them to get seriously injured or killed? No. But it might be the only way to learn 'em.

Ride safe! Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up!
 
2014-03-22 08:40:55 PM  
Mr Quick arrested for bwi

"on his Pacific Quick Silver bicycle"

dude has his own bicycle company?

http://www.duicentral.com/dui/laws-and-penalties/

my motorcycle dui cost me 300k and counting
 
2014-03-22 08:41:01 PM  
idiot-mitter needs to get out more
 
2014-03-22 08:41:16 PM  
I once got run over by a drunk cyclist. He tried to claim I was drunk, but in reality I was just tired.
 
2014-03-22 08:43:12 PM  

TomD9938: Lame.

The guy is trying to do close to the right thing and he still gets popped for DUI.  Just give him a $20.00 ticket for banging up the guys car and let it go, FFS.

Now he'll probably just drive a car under a revocation from now on, since there's little incentive not to and he'll possibly end up killing someone as a result.

Way to go.


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Not. Even. Trying.
 
2014-03-22 08:45:06 PM  
Even in 'tardedTexas, I know of not a current law regarding DUI on bicycles. There, if youre not driving, but have the key in the ignition, you can be popped for DUI. Even if you're passed out in the back.But then, you have to deal with fat people claiming to "own" the road, and vehemenly vociferous about their "rights"

Once got hit oin the head by someone in a raised 4x4, with a plastic bottle of tea. Wasn't even on the road. It was alright, saw wher he parked and slashed a couple tires in his own driveway. Was about 7 years ago, but was so worth it.
 
2014-03-22 09:00:47 PM  
A friend of mine left my place after a few beers on her bike (yes, Florida) and was pulled over literally right in front of her place for not having a front and rear light on her bike.

3 Sheriff's cars with blue/red lights flashing in front of her place at 1:00 in the morning because she rode her bike instead of driving. She got off with a warning. But the worst part of it is when I relayed the story to my father his take on it was "well, she SHOULD be charged with a DUI, because what would happen if she had drunkenly rode into traffic? I'd have to swerve to miss her and could kill someone."

Love you, Dad, but really?
 
2014-03-22 09:08:47 PM  

TinyFist: A friend of mine left my place after a few beers on her bike (yes, Florida) and was pulled over literally right in front of her place for not having a front and rear light on her bike.

3 Sheriff's cars with blue/red lights flashing in front of her place at 1:00 in the morning because she rode her bike instead of driving. She got off with a warning. But the worst part of it is when I relayed the story to my father his take on it was "well, she SHOULD be charged with a DUI, because what would happen if she had drunkenly rode into traffic? I'd have to swerve to miss her and could kill someone."

Love you, Dad, but really?


Wise man.
 
2014-03-22 09:09:49 PM  

Warlordtrooper: pedrop357: Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.

Just becaus that's what happens doesn't mean it should be. The intent of DUI laws should be to punish people who drive drunk


The intent of DUI laws should be to lessen the amount of accidents people have. A drunken bicyclist can be a danger to other people besides themselves. Let's say he blows through a light at high a speed because he's drunk, causing the car that has right of way to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and get rear ended. Or, let's say the drunken bicyclist is cycling in the bike lane next to a high speed road, and suddenly weaves directly into the middle of the road with no warning, causing the car behind them to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and getting rear ended. Or swerving and losing control of the car.

Most normal bicyclists aren't going to drive that drunk but people who are on bikes because they are alcoholics and lost their driver's license to DUI's will and they are a menace on the roads. I once lived where there was a guy like that some where in town and encountered him several times being a complete drunk ass on his bike in the middle of the road. One time he was actually driving in circles, literally in the middle of the road, with a case of beer in his basket, about half of it gone. His face was bright red and it was clear from looking at him he was plastered on something. It was a 45 mph road but fortunately it was straight with good visibility so I was able to come to a complete stop and wait for him to meander off...onto the sidewalk. I have no problem with him getting a DUI as well as a public intoxication ticket if the cops find him.
 
2014-03-22 09:13:30 PM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-03-22 09:13:54 PM  

ambercat: Warlordtrooper: pedrop357: Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.

Just becaus that's what happens doesn't mean it should be. The intent of DUI laws should be to punish people who drive drunk

The intent of DUI laws should be to lessen the amount of accidents people have. A drunken bicyclist can be a danger to other people besides themselves. Let's say he blows through a light at high a speed because he's drunk, causing the car that has right of way to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and get rear ended. Or, let's say the drunken bicyclist is cycling in the bike lane next to a high speed road, and suddenly weaves directly into the middle of the road with no warning, causing the car behind them to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and getting rear ended. Or swerving and losing control of the car.

Most normal bicyclists aren't going to drive that drunk but people who are on bikes because they are alcoholics and lost their driver's license to DUI's will and they are a menace on the roads. I once lived where there was a guy like that some where in town and encountered him several times being a complete drunk ass on his bike in the middle of the road. One time he was actually driving in circles, literally in the middle of the road, with a case of beer in his basket, about half of it gone. His face was bright red and it was clear from looking at him he was plastered on something. It was a 45 mph road but fortunately it was straight with good visibility so I was able to come to a complete stop and wait for him to meander off...onto the sidewalk. I have no problem with him getting a DUI as well as a public intoxication ticket if the cops find him.


damn your horse is tall
 
2014-03-22 09:14:32 PM  

beer4breakfast: MFAWG: Equal rights means equal responsibilities.

Pedestrians are beholden to the same rules of the road. Should they suffer the same consequences if caught walking under the influence?


Never heard of a drunk in public charge, I take it?
 
2014-03-22 09:15:30 PM  
All bars should be closed down permenantly. All alcohol should be illegal. If you can't behave yourself you need to have your privileges taken away.
 
2014-03-22 09:19:18 PM  

ambercat: Warlordtrooper: pedrop357: Nothing new here.  People have been charged in numerous states for driving bicycles, riding lawnmowers, motorized wheelchairs, etc. while intoxicated.

Just becaus that's what happens doesn't mean it should be. The intent of DUI laws should be to punish people who drive drunk

The intent of DUI laws should be to lessen the amount of accidents people have. A drunken bicyclist can be a danger to other people besides themselves. Let's say he blows through a light at high a speed because he's drunk, causing the car that has right of way to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and get rear ended. Or, let's say the drunken bicyclist is cycling in the bike lane next to a high speed road, and suddenly weaves directly into the middle of the road with no warning, causing the car behind them to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them and getting rear ended. Or swerving and losing control of the car.

Most normal bicyclists aren't going to drive that drunk but people who are on bikes because they are alcoholics and lost their driver's license to DUI's will and they are a menace on the roads. I once lived where there was a guy like that some where in town and encountered him several times being a complete drunk ass on his bike in the middle of the road. One time he was actually driving in circles, literally in the middle of the road, with a case of beer in his basket, about half of it gone. His face was bright red and it was clear from looking at him he was plastered on something. It was a 45 mph road but fortunately it was straight with good visibility so I was able to come to a complete stop and wait for him to meander off...onto the sidewalk. I have no problem with him getting a DUI as well as a public intoxication ticket if the cops find him.


There's a certain, vocal subset of the pro-bike culture that seems to think that there is no danger to anyone but the biker, therefore, no rules should have to apply to them.

http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/08/15/107079/Chris-Bucchere-Sutch i- Hui-bicyclist-pedestrian

Irresponsible bicyclists absolutely can do damage and kill.  I'm all for bike lanes, but I do think bicyclists should be licensed, just like drivers, and traffic rules need to be enforced.  That means ticketing bikers who blow stop signs and perform illegal lane changes.  That also means penalties for DUI, because you are putting pedestrians, bikers, and drivers all at risk, not to mention the cost to taxpayers for hosing your carcass off of the road.
 
2014-03-22 09:22:57 PM  
You can get a DUI on a bicycle.

Makes sense - it's using the road with everyone else, and impaired operation could lead trouble.

[im_ok_with_this.jpg]

/ That said, riding a bicycle drunk is one of life's simple pleasures.
 
2014-03-22 09:24:27 PM  

doofusss: ambercat:

damn your horse is tall


I'm on a high horse because I don't think people should be allowed to operate vehicles when drunk? Because that seems super unreasonable to you that I don't want that increased risk of running over someone or crashing my car because someone else isn't sober enough to know what they're doing on the road.
 
2014-03-22 09:30:20 PM  

ambercat: doofusss: ambercat:

damn your horse is tall

I'm on a high horse because I don't think people should be allowed to operate vehicles when drunk? Because that seems super unreasonable to you that I don't want that increased risk of running over someone or crashing my car because someone else isn't sober enough to know what they're doing on the road.


Even when you're high on horse?
 
2014-03-22 09:30:50 PM  

TomD9938: Lame.

The guy is trying to do close to the right thing and he still gets popped for DUI.  Just give him a $20.00 ticket for banging up the guys car and let it go, FFS.

Now he'll probably just drive a car under a revocation from now on, since there's little incentive not to and he'll possibly end up killing someone as a result.

Way to go.




Even in über bike friendly countries, they are treated to the same penalties. In fact cyclists in the US would probably be terrified if they put the rules in place they have in bike friendly Europe. €50-€200+ Euro fines for stupid things, much less drunk biking. Blowing a stop sign or stoplight? Don't get caught. There are strange rules (from an American point of view) as well. They also don't have any helmet laws and there aren't a lot of bike lanes (painted lines) but they do get their own stoplights.

In fact they have figured out the best thing you can do to keep cyclists safe is slow them down and take out painted bike lanes. They do have special curbed bike lanes, but most of them are just drive on the road beside the cars. I loved biking there, because the rules were simple, and pretty well enforced.
 
2014-03-22 09:31:03 PM  
It's not just Florida, subby.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21200_5.htm

California Vehicle Code Section 21200.5 Riding Bicycle Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

Riding Bicycle Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

21200.5.  Notwithstanding Section 21200, it is unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon a highway while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug. Any person arrested for a violation of this section may request to have a chemical test made of the person's blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcoholic or drug content of that person's blood pursuant to Section 23612, and, if so requested, the arresting officer shall have the test performed. A conviction of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250). Violations of this section are subject to Section 13202.5.

Amended Sec. 17, Ch. 22, Stats. 1999. Effective May 26, 1999.
 
2014-03-22 09:33:38 PM  

Ex-Texan: Even in 'tardedTexas, I know of not a current law regarding DUI on bicycles. There, if youre not driving, but have the key in the ignition, you can be popped for DUI. Even if you're passed out in the back.But then, you have to deal with fat people claiming to "own" the road, and vehemenly vociferous about their "rights"

Once got hit oin the head by someone in a raised 4x4, with a plastic bottle of tea. Wasn't even on the road. It was alright, saw wher he parked and slashed a couple tires in his own driveway. Was about 7 years ago, but was so worth it.


Heh. Hadn't spent much time on FARK today and was heading up to bed when I figured it would be good to get one more laugh before I lay down. Thank you.

And yes, I was laughing AT you.
 
2014-03-22 09:38:49 PM  
My Uncle lived in Key West, and was "pulled over" for DUI on a bicycle.  He also had weed and cocaine on him. (1980s)  Upside, he was ordered into Rehab, got cleaned up, and stayed sober. 1 year later, found out he had AIDS.  Died.
 
2014-03-22 09:39:37 PM  

StopLurkListen: It's not just Florida, subby.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21200_5.htm

California Vehicle Code Section 21200.5 Riding Bicycle Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

Riding Bicycle Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

21200.5.  Notwithstanding Section 21200, it is unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon a highway while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug. Any person arrested for a violation of this section may request to have a chemical test made of the person's blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcoholic or drug content of that person's blood pursuant to Section 23612, and, if so requested, the arresting officer shall have the test performed. A conviction of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250). Violations of this section are subject to Section 13202.5.

Amended Sec. 17, Ch. 22, Stats. 1999. Effective May 26, 1999.


Yeah, but it's NOT a DUI. No 2 days in jail, no license suspension, no 10k in fines and penalties and it doesn't ruin your driving record. So, not the same at all.
 
2014-03-22 09:39:49 PM  

fluffy2097: beer4breakfast: Another reason why Florida is Florida. Treating someone who's been drinking and riding a bicycle with the same penalties as someone who's been drinking and driving a motorized vehicle is ridiculous. But then DUI laws are already draconian, meant to bend over and extract money for various entities more than keeping streets safe

The only difference between a drunk in a car and a drunk on a bike is that when the drunk on a bike runs a red light, only the drunk dies.

When the drunk is driving a car, it's the innocent biker that dies.


WRONG. A cyclist can kill a pedestrian
http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/08/15/107079/Chris-Bucchere-Sutch i- Hui-bicyclist-pedestrian
 
2014-03-22 09:49:29 PM  

Aigoo: Never heard of a drunk in public charge, I take it?


You really think a DUI consequence is the same as a drunk in public consequence?

A drunk bicyclist is a danger on the road? So is driving while texting or on the phone..

For texting while driving offenders then, instead of a ticket, let's make it equivalent to a DUI charge. Make it a misdemeanor. You get thrown in jail for 8 hours, then appear in court. Where you are subject to a heavy fine, points on your driving record, and the equivalent of a Faraday cage for the at least several months so that no phone can be operated inside your vehicle(equivalent to an interlock ingition device required in some states for first time offenders). That will cost you about $70 a month to rent, for the DMV privilege to drive your vehicle legally. Then you get to attend expensive 'classes' which is nothing more than adult detention, to learn how not to drive while texting.

That would make the law consistent. And by your stance you'd agree with that.
 
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