Can You Get a DUI on a Skateboard?
Many people ask: “Can you get a DUI on a skateboard?” While the answer may depend on your state, police do not usually issue DUI citations to people on skateboards. Still, using your skateboard while drunk is very dangerous and not recommended.
You may cause injuries to yourself and others on the same pathway. Showing off your skills on a skateboard while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to tragedy.
Can You Get A DUI on a Skateboard After Drinking?
Problems may arise when someone decides to ride a skateboard after a couple of drinks.
This individual may have a slower reaction time when it comes to stopping or turning to avoid objects and pedestrians. It can be similar to the type of impairment experienced when operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence.
Police typically can administer a simple breathalyzer test to someone skateboarding erratically. An individual with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .08% or greater is considered legally impaired in most states. Depending on applicable law, there may be certain situations where you can be charged with a DUI on a skateboard. For instance in Oregon, a man was charged with a DUI after he hit a moving van while riding a skateboard.
People process alcohol differently. Someone with a weight of approximately 140 pounds can have a BAC of .09% after consuming two or three alcoholic drinks. For example, one alcoholic drink is 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or 12 ounces of 5% alcohol by volume beer.
Skateboard Laws and Regulations
Most state and local communities have laws and ordinances regarding skateboard safety. Helmets are generally required; knee pads and other protective gear are also recommended.
A drunk person may grab his or her board and forget about the helmet and other safety items. Police usually have the authority to issue a citation to someone who is skateboarding and not wearing required protective gear.
City and community ordinances often indicate where a person can and cannot use a skateboard. A skateboarder who rides in a restricted area can typically be stopped by police or other law enforcement authority. If that person is drunk, he or she could potentially be arrested or cited for violating disorderly conduct laws.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Many state laws concerning driving under the influence (DUI) refer to the operation of motorized vehicles. Drivers of automobiles, buses, golf carts, etc. must have a BAC within the legal limit in accordance with these state law.
A driver who got a DUI may have their driver’s license suspended and be required to pay a fine. They may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The device checks BrAC (breath alcohol concentration) to see whether to start the vehicle.
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