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Beware DUIs on Bikes, Boats This Summer

DUIs on boats and DUIs on bikes are a real thing. So, if you think you can avoid a DUI in Philadelphia just by ensuring that you don't get into a car drunk, think again.

From boats to even standard bikes, if you're operating any of these alternative means of transportation while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both, you will be charged with a DUI and face the exact same penalties.

While laws on non-car related DUIs vary state by state, here's what they look like in Pennsylvania:

Boating Under the Influence

While it may seem like a great idea to bring along a cooler full of chilled beers on your boating trip on the water this summer, make sure you limit yourself if you are the one operating the boat.

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission officials are no different from local police officers when it comes to cracking down on scanning the waters for DUI offenders. Waterways are treated just like land, and state waterways officers have full arrest powers.

While many states have a different legal limit for one's BAC while operating a boat versus a car, Pennsylvania's legal BAC limit remains the same for both at 0.08%.

Biking Under the Influence

In one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, you would think that they would encourage it as an alternative means of transportation if you plan to imbibe.

They don't. Stick to buses, cabs, and assigning a designated driver, because bikes are considered exactly the same as cars when it comes to DUIs. This means that riding a bike drunk would be no different than driving a car drunk in a court of law, if you were to get caught for either.

What does that mean? The same BAC limit (0.08%) and the same penalties for both. So, save your bike usage for a nice day when you don't plan on hitting up the bars for happy hour after work.

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