Can I get a DUI on my motorized bike?

Written by Reynolds Defense Firm

On July 14, 2021

We all know it is illegal to drive while intoxicated. Most commonly, we see people charged with DUI while driving cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and even bicycles. Then, in 2018, scooters made the list as soon as electric scooters hit the scene – remember those?

E-Scooters are back

July through November of 2018 was a trial period for e-scooters in Portland. And although in 2019 PBOT made the decision to bring them back, there were some logistics that had to be worked out first. Then, of course, with everything that happened in 2020, it’s safe to assume that e-scooters fell off the radar. But in the recent months you’ve probably seen them resurfacing again and quickly becoming a main mode of transportation for folks.

Motorized Bike Guide

With the return of e-scooters, and the growing popularity of electric bikes in the city, we wanted to share a quick list of all the motorized bikes considered “vehicles” under the law. Which means you can get a DUI for operating them while intoxicated.

  • Electric scooter/Gas Scooter
  • Motor-Assisted Scooter.
  • “Pocket bike” (mini motorcycle).
  • Moped.
  • Segway.
  • Electric assisted bicycle.

Plan Ahead

If you have questions about whether something is considered a “vehicle” in regard to DUI laws, you should always consult with an attorney. And, if you are attending an event where you plan to be drinking, always plan ahead. Download the Uber or Lyft app on your phone before you go out, make sure your vehicle is parked somewhere where you can leave it overnight if you need to, or, better yet, leave it at home.  Give yourself every opportunity to not “have to” drive when it’s time to head home.

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