The vast majority of drunk driving accidents are the result of an impaired person driving a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle. However, someone intoxicated by drugs or alcohol can cause a serious wreck using just about any vehicle. This includes things like bicycles and mobility scooters. As long as it has wheels and is on a public road or highway, it can be dangerous if it is being operated negligently by a drunk person.
Driving drunk using a lawn mower
Recently, down in Marion County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies arrested a man for DUI after he was caught driving his riding lawn mower on the highway. The man has three prior DUI convictions, and the court has suspended and revoked his driver’s license numerous times. In a video captured by a deputy’s body camera, the man admits being drunk and refuses to take a field sobriety test. “Just take me to jail,” he says.
Fortunately, this man was arrested before he caused an accident. Driving too slowly on the highway can be as dangerous as speeding. A deputy said the man was riding his mower in the middle of the highway, which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph. There is no way a riding mower could reach highway speeds. Any motorist that approached the man from behind would have had to slam on the brakes or swerve to avoid him.
Any vehicle can cause a DUI car crash
Incidents like this prove that drinking and riding a slow-moving vehicle or machine like a lawnmower or bicycle can lead to serious injuries to innocent drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Just because a vehicle is smaller than a car or semi truck does not mean it cannot force you into a violent collision.
If a drunk driver has harmed you or your children, consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer in your area about possible litigation.