California Police Start Cracking Down On Drunk Bicyclists


Law enforcement’s battle against drunken driving is targeting bicyclists, reports USA Today. “We were having some issues with fatal bicycle collisions,” says California Highway Patrol officer Adrian Quintero. “A lot of the issues we were having were bicyclists under the influence crossing over the center (line) and being struck.”

CHP officers last week charged seven bicyclists with riding under the influence during a one-night crackdown in Sacramento. Most states require bike riders to follow the same rules of the road as car drivers, says the League of American Bicyclists, which supports enforcement. In California, riding while under the influence is punishable by a fine up to $250. A rider caught drunk is arrested and must remain in a jail cell until he sobers up.

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