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DUI applies to cyclists 248x300   DUI Applies to CyclistsThe D.C. Court of Appeals sent out a ruling that a person who is riding a bicycle is subject to DUI. Associate Judge Vanessa Ruiz cited the validity of this decision. “The traffic act defines ‘vehicle’ as ‘any appliance moved over a highway on wheels or traction tread, including street cars, draft animals and beasts of burden. Furthermore, a comprehensive interpretation of the term ‘vehicle’ is consistent with the intent of the traffic act to regulate traffic for the protection of public safety.”

The root cause of the decision came from a case in January 12, 2007. It was about Baker Everton who was found standing with his bicycle on Georgia Avenue, Northwest. Near Otis Place, the police found him yelling and screaming. He was obviously drunk due to the strong smell of alcohol on him.

The police advised the cyclist not to get on his bicycle but Everton did not…

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