What are you driving in Florida?
According to Florida DUI laws, the term ‘vehicle’ is defined in many different ways. Some vehicles are motorized, like cars or trucks, while others are man-powered, such as bicycles or skateboards.
And yes, you read that correctly: According to Florida DUI laws, you can be convicted of a DUI while riding a bicycle.
On the other hand, Florida DUI laws define a ‘motor vehicle’ as “an automobile...used to transport persons or property and propelled by power other than muscular power.” Although this term casts a wide net of potential vehicles, some included under this umbrella might surprise you.
Motor homes. Self-propelled motor vehicles, used as temporary living quarters for camping or travelling. This one makes a lot of sense, considering how large motor homes are and how much space they take up on any given highway.
Truck tractors. Motor vehicles with four or more wheels, designed and equipped with a fifth wheel for drawing a semitrailer behind it. You see these everywhere, barrelling down the highway, trying to get their cargo to its destination on time and on budget.
Golf carts. Motor vehicles designed and manufactured for golf courses, incapable of exceeding speeds of over 20 miles per hour. Although they aren’t very fast, they can still do damage if the driver isn’t in complete control or is under the influence of alcohol.
Motorized disability vehicles. Vehicles designed for handicapped drivers, such as wheel chairs with a motor that is incapable of propelling itself at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour. This one may shock you. But think about it: Wheel chairs, if driven by someone under the influence, could veer off the sidewalk and towards oncoming traffic, creating a safety hazard for themselves and other drivers.
When it comes to Florida DUI laws, you are welcome to drive whatever you want, as long as you’re not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drive safe, Florida.