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Man on Lawnmower Gets DUI in Tennessee

A Tennessee man was arrested for driving drunk, behind the wheel of a lawnmower.

Once again, we turn the question to local law and ask our Pennsylvania DUI lawyers what constitutes a "vehicle" under Pennsylvania DUI law, or under DUI law in general:

According to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, a vehicle is:

"every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices used exclusively upon rails or tracks."

Now, that's a pretty broad definition. Perhaps we could try to narrow it down a bit more.

Cars? That one's a given. I think most PA DUI lawyers are in consensus that the word "vehicle" was intended to encompass automobiles.

Trucks? Once again, this one is almost a sure bet for PA DUI lawyers. In fact, drinking behind the wheel of a truck is probably more detrimental than drinking behind the wheel of a small car.

A bicycle? Sure, Pennsylvania DUI lawyers have seen drunk cyclists before. And yes, it's technically a "vehicle".

A buggy? It's certainly a "vehicle" under Pennsylvania DUI law. Just ask Elmer Stolzfoos Fisher, a twenty-two year old Amish man who was found asleep at the wheel of his buggy last December, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18 percent.  

Now, if you've been following this blog, you know that buggies aren't the strangest vehicles to get cited under drunk driving laws. Maybe in Pennsylvania, but nationwide, we have some entertaining stories. Like the man who got a DUI while operating a La-Z-Boy (well, technically, it wasn't a "La-Z-Boy brand, it was just a motorized armchair).

While these anecdotes and tales are all rather amusing, they still address the reality- that drunk driving laws are intended to punish and that police officers are vigilant in enforcing these laws. As a result, PA DUI lawyers must be skilled at defending drunk drivers.

DUIs can occur to anyone at any time. They can occur on a variety of different vehicles as we have outlined above. If you a trying to defend a DUI, it may be wise to enlist the help of a PA DUI lawyer.

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