Not every DUI involves a car

by | May 11, 2020 | Dui

When you hear the term DUI, you picture someone coming home late from the bar, driving and getting pulled over. While that’s usually a pretty accurate picture, not every DUI involves a car. There are some unusual ways you can end up with a charge.

According to Colorado statutes Title 41-1-102 (58), “motor vehicle” as seen in the DUI laws that prohibit intoxication and driving a motor vehicle is defined as, “any self-propelled vehicle that is designed primarily for travel on the public highways and that is generally and commonly used to transport persons and property over the public highways or a low-speed vehicle.” The law continues to include several other transportation devices, including:

  • Tractors
  • Off-highway vehicles, including ATVs, golf carts and snowmobiles
  • Low-power scooters

Similarly, section 112 of that statute defines “vehicle” as “a device that is capable of moving itself, or of being moved, from place to place upon wheels or endless tracks.” So, you can also get a DUI on:

  • Bicycle
  • Electrical assisted bicycles, like a moped
  • Scooters
  • Skateboards
  • Segways

There are also laws that prohibit boating under the influence, meaning that you could be charged with a BUI. This includes motorized boats and any personal watercraft, like jet skis, canoes, pontoons and fishing boats.

Finally, even if your particular mode of transportation is not covered by DUI laws, there still may be consequences for drinking and riding. Colorado statute 42-4-805 says that “walking or traveling in a wheelchair along or upon highways where sidewalks are not provided” while under the influence is unlawful. If you ride a wheelchair, walk or ride an animal on highways for motor vehicles while under the influence, you won’t get a DUI, but you could get a $100 fine.