Can you get a DUI on a lawnmower in Florida?
Yes – You certainly can get a DUI on a lawnmower in Florida. W.F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr. just obtained some interesting dash camera video of a nicely-equipped lawnmower that was stopped by a DUI investigator in Florida. Watch this “tricked out” lawnmower with patio umbrella for shade get pulled over.
2018 Florida Statutes 316.193 | Driving Under the Influence
- A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and:
- The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired;
- The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or
- The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Some people mistakenly think that they can drive a lawnmower, golf cart or bicycle while impaired. On the contrary, the Florida DUI law uses the term “vehicle.” Then Florida Statues define vehicle broadly and easily include cars, lawnmowers, golf carts, bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles.
VEHICLE.—Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except personal delivery devices, mobile carriers, and devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.2018 Florida Statutes 316.003 (99) Definitions
If you have a DUI you need an attorney. If this is your first DUI, you may want to read more.
Don’t unwittingly think that as long as you stay off of the roads you can travel around impaired. Florida has more than 65,000 square miles of water. There are also Boating DUI laws (The 2018 Florida Statutes 327.35).