Some recent news reports have highlighted cases of people getting charged with DUI while using a lawnmower on a public street. You may know that it is possible to receive a DUI charge for driving a car, truck, or bike under the influence of alcohol, but did you know that you could also be charged if you are riding a lawnmower as well?
A DUI charge can apply to anyone that is using any kind of motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. A motor vehicle, according to California law, is any device where a person or property can be moved down a roadway unless it is fully run by human power or is attached to stationary rails. This is a broad definition that applies not just to common vehicles, but also to many different forms of transportation. Should you take your lawnmower on a public street while under the influence, it does not matter how fast the vehicle is traveling, whether the driver is riding irresponsibly, or if they pose a danger to other drivers, you may be charged with DUI.
Someone driving a lawnmower will be subject to the same tests for determining impairment as a driver who is operating a car. The officer will determine if they seem impaired, and ask them to perform a field sobriety test or a BAC test. Depending on the results of these, an arrest may occur and charges will result. In many cases, individuals arrested for DUI on a lawnmower also face license penalties, including driver's license suspension.
Even though it may not seem like a lawnmower can cause significant danger to other drivers, anytime someone has a BAC over the legal limit, their motor skills, perception, reasoning, and judgment may be compromised. This is why law enforcement officers enforce DUI laws, and work aggressively toward making arrests.
If you have questions about DUI charges involving transportation devices other than a car or truck, call our legal team at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to see how we can help you.