Cycling Under The Influence
It is not against the law in the state of Nevada, to bike under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not even while using an electric bicycle. Only drivers of vehicles and motorcycles can be charged with a true DUI.
You could still be prosecuted for a Nevada crime of reckless endangerment. A ‘Reckless endangerment’ is a very broad spectrum of crimes, defined as “neglects any duty imposed by law in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.”
If any victims were involved who sustained substantial bodily harm (bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ; or prolonged physical pain), penalties might include fines up to $2000 and prison up to 5 years.
If nobody was harmed due to biking intoxicated, reckless endangerment is prosecuted as a gross misdemeanor. The sentence includes up to $2000 in fines and/or up to a year in jail.
Causing a death or severe injuries while biking drunk will be prosecuted as a category C felony. Sentencing includes 1-5 years in prison and potential fines of up to $10,000.
In addition to reckless endangerment, bicyclists might be charges with traffic violations such as failure to use hand signals to turn, failure to stay in lane and failure to have working lights or breaks. Penalties might include jail time of up to 6 months and up to $1000 in fines.
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