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Ask The Times: Bicycles and DUI charges

Q. Can a person be charged with DUI if they are riding a bicycle while intoxicated in Illinois?

A. Generally, no. Davi Law Group in Wheaton says the following about the issue on its blog: "The reason why you usually cannot be charged with a DUI on a bike is because a bicycle is not legally defined as a vehicle. Therefore, operating a bicycle while intoxicated is not the same as operating a car or motorcycle in the eyes of the law." There is an exception, however. "If your bicycle is motorized and you are traveling over 20 mph you may then be arrested and charged with a DUI," Davi Law Group reports.

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