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Can you get a DUI in KY if you don’t have a car?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | DWIs

You know that drinking and driving is illegal – but you think you’ve found a workaround. You’ll just take something other than a car out to the bar.

You need to rethink that plan. You can still end up with a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), even if you don’t have a car.

It’s illegal to drive any motorized vehicle while intoxicated

Kentucky law is specific about the fact that it is illegal to operate any motor vehicle when you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above – and .02 if you’re under 21 years of age. That means you can get a DUI for trying to drive home on:

  • A power wheelchair
  • A piece of farm equipment
  • A riding mower
  • An electric scooter
  • A golf cart
  • A 4×4 or side-by-side

You can also get a DUI for drinking and driving a boat. If it has a motor, it’s considered a vehicle, and you can’t avoid a drunk driving charge by using it.

It’s also illegal to drive a non-motorized vehicle while impaired

Kentucky has another law that makes it illegal to operate a non-motor vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicants. That means that it’s illegal to be intoxicated and try to get home by:

  • Bicycle
  • Skateboard
  • Scooter
  • Rolling chair
  • Horse

While this may sound strange or even absurd, the law is in place because someone who is intoxicated but moving quickly on a skateboard, for example, could still cause a wreck by swerving into traffic.

There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks and a good time, just remember that it’s better to get a ride home so you can save yourself some trouble. If you do end up facing charges, however, treat the situation with the seriousness it deserves. Seeking legal guidance can help protect your future.