Bird and Lime scooters have been popping up in small and large cities across America. As national attention has focused on the numerous injuries caused by the scooters, many wonder if they could face charges for riding one under the influence.
Each city and state hold their own unique set of rules regarding the matter, but here in Illinois, drinking and riding a scooter is considered illegal.
Consequences can be similar
In Illinois, electric kick scooters can be defined as motor vehicles in some cases, making the charges similar to that of a DUI. Depending on the circumstances, someone found guilty of “drunk scooting” could face license suspension, jail time and even a fine.
Find another way home
Before you hop on a scooter after a night of drinking, consider these alternatives:
· Recruit a friend to be a designated driver.
· Use a different type of rideshare service like Uber or Lyft.
· Go to a bar or restaurant within walking distance of your home.
You can still fight your charge
Riding an electric scooter poses many potential dangers, especially under the influence of alcohol. If you were charged with a DUI while riding an electric kick scooter, an attorney can help you understand your rights, examine the validity of your chemical and field tests, and take your case to court.