This blog talks at length about driving while impaired, but to this point, we have only mentioned automobiles in relation to DUI and DWI. We have not discussed motorcycles and Arizona DUI. And, speaking of that, there is actually an organization known as B.A.D.D. – Bikers Against Drunk Drivers. According to their website, B.A.D.D. has over two million members worldwide. This organization not only works to increase awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, they also participate in philanthropic efforts directed at helping people and families who have been affected. And that is all to the good, in my opinion.
To turn this discussion in a different direction, though, what happens to you if you are stopped while riding a motorcycle, on suspicion of DUI? Are the laws and penalties for motorcycles and Arizona DUI the same as those for driving an automobile? Well, in the state of Arizona, you must apply and take tests before you can receive your motorcycle driver’s license with its Class M designation. As with cars, you must be 16 and have completed instruction, following the state laws for licensing drivers. This is particularly important, because, as the Arizona Department of Highway Safety reminds us, motorcycles are more difficult to operate than cars, and require mastering different skills. Also remember, the motorcycle license carries the same “implied consent” provision that means you must submit to a blood, breath or urine test if you are brought in on suspicion of DUI.
Now, back to motorcycles and DUI. You can look online for Arizona news stories about motorcycle crashes, chases and other accidents that resulted in DUI charges, and you’ll find them. So what do the laws say, exactly? The Arizona Revised Statute 28-892 specifically addresses the legal aspects of riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. But in terms of DUI laws and penalties, Arizona Revised Statute 28-1386, is entitled (in part): Operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or water skis under the influence. The bottom line is that a motorcycle is a motor vehicle. Arizona DUI laws and penalties apply the same to the driver of a motorcycle as they do to the driver of an automobile.
Whatever type of motorized vehicle you drive, if you need help with a DUI-related issue, get in touch with Zachary Law Group. We offer a FREE 30-minute case evaluation, to help provide answers to your questions and concerns. When we take on your legal problem, we do everything we can to “Zach-It”! You can reach us any time, at 1-855-Zach-law.