In Most of the USA State, if you are found to be intoxicated while operating a skateboard, you can get arrested. In 1989 a man named Ryan Wessels got a DUI on a skateboard and was sentenced to community service for drunk riding under the influence.
When I first saw this it made me think about how darn funny the situation is. In fact, I can easily see how a man could be intoxicated while operating a skateboard. Have you ever been on one of those long rides where sometimes your feet fall asleep and you feel all tingly and numb by the time you reach your destination? That’s what happens to me when I try to walk after sitting for too long or standing for too long. When I’m on the skateboard after long rides, my feet are usually numb and tingly because of lack of circulation. I could see how someone could be intoxicated while riding because their feet are so numb already that it wouldn’t take much alcohol to get them drunk enough not to notice how tipsy they were getting.
It’s a little harder to ride a skateboard after you have been drinking. You have to concentrate super hard on what you are doing and where you are going, so it’s easy to think about something else while riding. If your mind wanders for a few seconds, chances are you’ll lose control of the skateboard and end up off-kilter. At that point, you have to stand to gain control again. But having the inability to ride a skateboard while intoxicated makes sense because it’s easy to lose your balance and coordination when you are tipsy.
This has sparked interest in me to see if anyone else has been caught drunk riding on a skateboard or something similar. I know that drunk driving laws are seen differently in different cities, so I wonder if anyone has ever been arrested for skateboarding while intoxicated.
Skateboard Laws and Regulations
Skateboarding has been an activity enjoyed by many around the world. It is a fun, yet dangerous sport. There are laws and regulations in place throughout the world, some countries have more rules than others, but there are general rules to follow everywhere when skateboarding.
In order to skateboard legally, you must carry an ID. It is recommended to have your ID in a skateboard wallet or something similar to make it easier to carry. If you are under 18, you must stay with an adult if they are not able to drive.
Road Laws and Regulations
The speed limit on the road is 15 mph, for skaters and bicyclists alike. Skateboards may not be used on roads where the speed limit is greater than 25mph. You must ride in the same direction as traffic while you are on the road. If there are no sidewalks, you must walk your skateboard instead of riding it. Bicycles should be walked while traveling on roads with speed limits over 25mph; bicyclists under 18, must use a helmet and yield to the pedestrian.
Street Lanes and Curbs
The street lanes are typically four feet wide. Skateboarders may not ride more than two across in either direction on the street. If you plan on skating for an extended period of time, it is recommended that you get a permit. It is illegal to skateboard in the street if there are sidewalks present. The curb may be used to perform tricks, but not for skating around; it does not count as “skating”.
There are three types of ramps you can use when skateboarding: benches, steps, and curbs. These ramps must have a smooth, solid surface. If you are skating with your friends on a ramp that is too high or too steep of an angle, you could get seriously hurt. It is recommended to have someone there monitoring the activity of the ramp while skateboarding; they can help when deciding if it’s safe or not.
Maximum Height for Skateboarders
The maximum height for skateboarders while riding on a public sidewalk is four feet; the maximum while skating on the street lanes and ramps is six feet. It is important to remember that you do not interfere with pedestrian traffic when on a sidewalk. The only place where you can be more than six feet tall on a skateboard is if there is a designated bike lane. If you exceed these maximum heights, you will be ticketed and fined by the police.
Skateboards are not considered vehicles under the law in most states. This means you can’t get a DUI on them, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have laws restricting their use or that skateboarders themselves aren’t subject to other types of penalties for breaking those laws. So if you’re thinking about getting drunk and riding your board around town, be careful! You might just end up with more than an alcohol-related charge to worry about when all is said and done.