December 5, 2017
Is Riding a Bicycle While Intoxicated a DWI Offense in New Jersey?
The DWI statute of New Jersey only applies to drivers who operate motor vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, and ATVs. The statute regards a bicycle as a two-wheeled vehicle and not a motor vehicle. Drinking and riding a bicycle, is not treated as a DWI offense in New Jersey. However, it does not mean that there are no legal consequences of drinking and riding a bicycle. There can be some legal consequences.
Although drinking and riding a bicycle is not treated as a DWI offense, a person could be charged with disorderly conduct. The individual could face a jail term of six months or a fine of up to $1,000.
The State of New Jersey has a policy to treat alcohol related problems and not prosecute. If you are found publicly drunk, you can be taken into protective custody and potentially placed in a treatment center.
All cyclists in New Jersey are expected to obey all traffic signals, ride on the right, ride with traffic and avoid riding alongside more than one other cyclist. Violation of these rules while being drunk can lead to serious legal consequences.
To sum up, riding a bicycle while drunk does not constitute a DWI under the New Jersey law. However, it is considered illegal and dangerous, and carries serious consequences.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, do not hesitate to contact the Rubas Law Offices. Mr. Rubas will meet with you personally to help assess your situation. Together, you can discuss the options available to you and how best to proceed. Mr. Rubas’ experience and knowledge will help you navigate the intricate workings of the legal system.