IN MISSOURI, CAN I GET A DWI WHILE RIDING A SCOOTER?

It’s a nice day out in St. Louis. The sun is shining. The city is alive with activity. Everyone is delighted by their surroundings. You want to relish in today’s setting, too. The only problem is you’ve had a few drinks and don’t want to drive for fear of a DWI. Instead, you opt to jump on your moped because it’s not an automobile. Well, before you go cruising into the sunset, there are certain factors to take into consideration to determine whether or not you made the correct choice. 

Can you be charged with a DWI on a scooter? It’s a very good question to ask oneself, prior to driving off on a motorized vehicle while under the influence. We’ll look closely at what Missouri state law says about a DWI. 

In the state of Missouri, the statute states: “a person commits the offense of driving while intoxicated if he or she operates a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.” 

Well, now you know the terminology behind what classifies as a DWI, but it still leaves you with the question of whether or not your scooter is defined as a vehicle under Missouri’s laws. To get the answer, you have to dig into the statutes dealing with that particular subject. 

According to Missouri state law, if you’re driving a two-wheeled or three-wheeled device, and it’s powered by an automatic transmission that propels the device of a speed up to 30 mph, then you have to have a valid driver’s license to operate it. Scooters, mopeds, and electronic bicycles all fall under this restriction. Also, once you’re on a state road, you have to abide by the same laws that govern an automobile. That includes all safety laws you would in a car or truck. If you decide to operate one of these vehicles, then your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) cannot reach the limit of 0.08% while driving. 

Nowadays, you don’t need to purchase a scooter to have access to one. All that’s required is a valid credit card and access to a mobile device, and then you can rent a scooter to cruise around on. In St. Louis, several electronic scooter companies offer their services all around the city. You access their app, pay, and ride. This type of convenience may tempt you to use one after drinking, but law enforcement has taken notice and acted accordingly. Just this summer in Missouri, a man was charged with a DWI while riding one of those scooters. It didn’t help that he crashed it into a police vehicle, either. With this turn of events, patrol officers will have a closer eye on citizens who benefit from these motorized vehicles in our cities. 

No, driving a moped, scooter, or any type of motorized bicycle is not allowed while intoxicated. Any person who breaks this law can be charged with a DWI in the state of Missouri. So, if you’ve had too many drinks, then you would need to find an alternative means of transportation. I suggest one that doesn’t risk getting arrested. 

Have you been charged with a DWI in St. Louis? If so, the Shostak Law Firm is awaiting your call to set up an appointment to give you the best representation in court possible. Contact us today to speak with an attorney. While you’re here, take a copy of our free e-book, Missouri DWI Survival Guide, to learn more about your available options.

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