Can A Motorcycle Passenger Be Drunk?

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There are many situations that can arise when you own and ride a motorcycle. Although most people are well-versed in the rules of driving cars, there are some rules that apply to motorcycles.

The question of riding a motorcycle while accompanied by a drunk passenger is one that seems to be open-ended. This is something that isn’t tested for when you apply for a motorcycle license. Most people are unsure.

Can a motorcycle rider be drunk? Although there aren’t any laws that prohibit a passenger from riding a motorcycle while drunk, it is dangerous to do so with an intoxicated person. It is dangerous and it is possible to break other laws by transporting someone intoxicated on a motorcycle.

It’s obvious that you as the rider shouldn’t be intoxicated, but there is a lot to consider when giving someone a ride on your motorcycle that’s drunk. You will learn exactly what to do in such situations by reading the following article.

What Happens When You Ride With a Drunk Passenger

There’s nothing like going out on a night in the town with your motorcycle. If you’re a responsible motorcycle rider, you’ll hopefully go out with the intention of not drinking. It’s obvious that riding a motorcycle drunk is dangerous, but it is possible to ride with a drunk passenger.

It is possible to plan your trip with the intention of becoming a designated driver, particularly if you’re out with someone special. It’s important to know that if you are taking a passenger with you any time you’re on your motorcycle, that passenger holds responsibilities too.

Intoxicated people have impaired reflexes and responses which are essential characteristics for motorcycle passengers. Drunken behavior can make it difficult to predict what will happen and you shouldn’t have to deal that way while riding a motorcycle.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation “Passengers should be considered as a second active rider so they can help ensure that safety and procedural operations are correctly followed.” The passenger’s awareness is just as important as your awareness as the driver.

Any shifting from a passenger can cause you to lose your balance, especially if you are going slower, slowing down and/or around corners. Intoxicated people may lose some control over their bodies and your chances of losing your balance in a car with them increases dramatically.

People who are drunk have difficulty maintaining their balance. Though the motorcycle driver does most of the work keeping the motorcycle balanced, that doesn’t guarantee that the drunk passenger won’t fall off from the side either because their balance is off or they simply passed out.

Although there are no laws regarding the carriage of a drunk passenger on a motorcycle, You can still be pulled over by a police officer for other violations. Depending on how drunk a passenger is, they could be cited as public intoxication.

If the passenger is making it difficult for you to ride to a level that you are unable to do so, either an observer or the police will be able to see. You can be cited for reckless driving. You might also be charged with endangering another person if you ride with a drunken passenger.

Here are some thoughts for the aftermath If the passenger is hurt while riding the motorcycle, they have the legal right to sue for damages. Even if you were trying to be nice and make sure they got home safely, that won’t protect you.

Although your insurance may cover the damages, your premiums could go up. And If you don’t have motorcycle insurance, you will personally be held liable for the damages.

How is a Passenger considered to be a passenger? “Drunk?”

The word “drunk” can have a few different meanings depending on the person you’re talking to. Perhaps the decision isn’t knowing whether or not to transport a drunk passenger on your motorcycle, maybe it’s more of deciding if they’re too drunk to ride with you.

Each state has its own legal limits for blood alcohol. The legal limit for legally intoxicated is 0.08%. For the average woman, that’s about 3-4 alcoholic drinks and for the average man, that’s about 4-5 alcoholic drinks. It all depends on what type of liquor is being used.

It is important to remember that alcohol tolerances vary among people. It’s hard to be sure whether or not someone is too impaired to be a passenger on a motorcycle if they aren’t straight up wasted. You and your passenger will not be in trouble if you follow these rules. These are the rules I use and they work.

If you plan to use your motorcycle to transport you home, you must not drink as the driver. You can still be pulled over for having lower blood alcohol levels than the legal limit.

As for the passenger, don’t plan on them riding on the back of your motorcycle if they’ve had more than 2-3 drinks no matter what type of alcohol they consumed. You need to draw the line somewhere and that’s a great place to put it to prevent any future problems.

Some might argue that this limit was too high. I argue that you and your partner would rather not take chances and get safely to your destination.

Alternatives To Giving A Drunk Passenger A Ride

Sometimes a night on town calls for a few beers to celebrate the weekend, or the hard work of the week. That’s what I understand. So if you’re planning on having a few drinks, or if your passenger is planning on having a few drinks, take a few precautions to ensure your safety.

First, if you and/or your passenger plans on drinking while you’re out, simply don’t take your motorcycle. Only use a motorcycle when you and your passenger are fully aware of your surroundings.

If you’re taking a passenger on your motorcycle, especially one that you don’t know very well, make sure they understand the rules of your motorcycle. If they would like to ride with you home, inform them that they can’t have more than two drinks. There are no exceptions.

If your passenger is tired, you can call an Uber driver or a taxi to get them home. Wait for the driver, then follow them home.

I’ve had plenty of encounters where I was uncomfortable with giving a person a ride on my motorcycle. I clearly stated my rules and requested that they follow them. I make it a point to inform passengers that I will not allow them to ride my motorcycle. Having a friend mad at you is far better than having a friend that’s dead or in jail.

When There’s No Other Option

Sometimes, you might find yourself in an emergency situation and need to bring a drunk passenger along on your motorcycle. These situations often involve an emergency situation or danger that both of you must quickly escape.

If you find yourself in such a situation, exercise your discretion and avoid an intoxicated passenger. Don’t ride all the way home. Instead, ride your bike to a spot where you feel safe.

After getting the friend and you both out of danger, call Uber or taxi to take the passenger. Or call the police for assistance in escorting your friend home. If you are in an emergency, you may still need to call the police.

Similar Questions

You can get a DUI if you are a drunk passenger in your car. For being a drunk driver in a vehicle, you won’t get a DUI. DUI stands to “driving under the influence.” Being a passenger means you weren’t driving. This law recognizes that you are a passenger and not the driver.

These are some tips for being a more comfortable motorcycle rider. Wearing a helmet and wearing ankle covering boots are some ways you can be a useful motorcycle passenger. See my other article for more tips on being a motorcycle passenger.

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