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Alcohol, drugs and riding a bicycle

As a vehicle is defined in section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (SA) to include a bicycle, persons riding a bicycle can be charged with certain offences under this Act if the offence applies to vehicles.

A person riding a bicycle can be charged with 'driving' a bicycle or attempting to put a bicycle in motion while so much under the influence of alcohol or drugs as to be incapable of exercising effective control of the bicycle [Road Traffic Act 1961 (SA) s 47(1)].

Maximum penalty: a fine of $500, and demerit points may also apply [s 47(1)(b)].

However some alcohol and drug driving offences only apply to motor vehicles- see section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (SA) for the definition of motor vehicle.

For more information on cyclist road rules and safety, see the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's booklet Cycling and the Law.

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs  :  Last Revised: Mon Feb 5th 2018
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