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DUI for Bicyclist? The ISBA Weighs In

Question:  Can an intoxicated bicyclist be arrested? Answer:  Technically, no. Cycling under the influence is not against the law. However, a cyclist who has had too much to drink can be charged with disorderly conduct or reckless endangerment, similar to penalties for intoxicated pedestrians.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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