Bicycle and Boat “DUII” Charges in Oregon
Oregon Bicycle DUI and Oregon Boat DUI Information
Did you know that it is possible to get an Oregon DUII while on a bicycle? If you are riding your bike on a highway or public road, and you are “under the influence” as defined above, then you can be charged with DUII, under the same state statute as the typical motor vehicle DUII. Lawyers jokingly call these charges “PUIIs” – Pedaling Under the Influence of Intoxicants. As ridiculous as it may seem, a PUII carries the same consequences and fines as a DUII – including mandatory Oregon driver license suspensions. Proceed carefully. These Oregon bicycle DUI charges most often occur in Multnomah (Portland), Lane (Eugene), and Deschutes (Bend).
There is a separate statutory charge for “Boat DUIIs.” The actual charge is known as Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants, leading lawyers to refer to these charges as “BUIIs.” As driving is not involved with these BUIIs, the license suspension penalties refer to your boating license. However, many of the same fines, fees, treatments, and classes are the same.
If you have been charged with a bicycle DUI or a boat DUI, you should speak to an an attorney as soon as possible.