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5 Vehicles Other Than Cars for Which You Could Face DUI Charges for Operating While Drunk

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Knoxville DUI defense lawyerObviously, driving your personal car, pickup truck, minivan, or whatever you happen to own while intoxicated can get you pulled over and charged with a DUI. However, personal street vehicles are not the only vehicles that you can get in trouble for operating while impaired. If you get a DUI on a boat, it is called Boating Under the Influence.

In general, if it rolls, flies, or floats, you should not be driving it anywhere while you are intoxicated, if not for legal reasons than for safety reasons. The thinking behind this is that if you could easily hurt someone by crashing your vehicle into them due to intoxication, you absolutely should not be in control of the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been charged with any form of a DUI, it is important that you take the matter seriously and find a good criminal defense attorney. 

Vehicles You Cannot Operate While Impaired

You could get charged with DUI or a variation of a DUI if you are caught drunk or drugged driving a: 

  • Boat - If it has a motor or a sail, you could be charged with Boating Under the Influence. Small rowboats and paddleboards are an exception - even a drunk person is not going to easily lose control, hit someone, and badly injure them. 
  • Motorcycle - It is against the law to operate a motorcycle while impaired. 
  • Motorized bicycle - Any type of bicycle that has a motor cannot be operated by an intoxicated person in Tennessee. This includes electric bicycles and dirt bikes. However, you cannot get a DUI on a standard pedal-powered bicycle. 
  • Airplane - It is a federal crime for a pilot to fly while they are even slightly intoxicated. Alcohol or other substances can affect a pilot’s ability to operate delicate controls rather easily, and could cause a crash. 
  • ATV - Especially in the countryside, all-terrain vehicles are a popular way to get around, to explore wooded areas on trails, or to move around a large property. However, it is illegal to drive any type of ATV while under the influence. 

This is not an exhaustive list of vehicles you cannot operate while impaired. When in doubt, drive it sober. 

Speak With a Knox County DUI/BUI Lawyer

If you do get charged with a DUI or BUI for operating an unusual vehicle, there is help available at The Law Office of William F. Evans. Our skilled Knoxville DUI/BUI attorneys will fight to have your case dismissed or your charges reduced. Contact us at 423-449-7980 for a free consultation. 



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