State Patrol warns against bicycling under the influence |

State Patrol warns against bicycling under the influence

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Most drivers know they shouldn’t drink and drive a vehicle. A bicycle is also considered a vehicle in Colorado, and riding a bicycle while impaired could result in a ticket for DUI, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

“In Colorado, we pride ourselves on sharing the roadways with bicyclists,” Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Ryan Parker said. “But sometimes, especially at night, bicyclists are traveling slower than cars and can be hard to see. When you combine that with alcohol or drugs, where the bicyclists aren’t as aware of their surroundings, it can be a very dangerous situation.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 627 bicyclist fatalities in 2009, 28 percent of those riders had alcohol in their system – and 459 had a blood alcohol content of at least 0.08.

In Colorado, drivers operating a vehicle on any roadway – private or public – can receive a DWAI if their BAC is above 0.05 and a DUI if it’s above 0.08. The state statute includes bicycles.

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