How New Jersey Handles DWI And Bicycles

Bicycling on public roads and streets is regulated under Title 39 of the Motor Vehicles & Traffic Regulation laws in New Jersey. A bicycle is referred to as a two-wheeled vehicle, but not classified as a motor vehicle under the New Jersey DWI statute. The DUI statute applies to drivers who operate a motor vehicle which includes cars, motorcycle, boat, airplanes, dirt bike, and ATV. Bicycles are not included and subject to the same fines, penalties and program requirements for DWI violations as drivers according to the law. If a person riding a bicycle is impaired because of alcohol intoxication they will not receive a DUI charge, but it is possible that they will face other violations such as disorderly conduct.



Bikers can legally ride bikes on public streets and roads in New Jersey. When travelling on streets, the biker must stay near the right side of the road in the same direction as vehicular traffic. A bicyclist must obey all state and local automobile driving laws and a parent may be held responsible for their child's violation of any traffic law. 

Villani & DeLuca, P.C. offers quality criminal defense and motor vehicle legal services in Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Call 732-372-0820 today if you are facing an alcohol-related violation received while operating a bicycle on a New Jersey road.