So, you go to the pub, but you don’t want to take the car. Drinking and driving is not just illegal – it’s also extremely stupid.
Instead, you take your bicycle. But were you aware that it’s an offence to ride your bike while under the influence of alcohol? No, neither was I.
The Road Traffic Act states it is an “offence to ride a cycle on a road or other public place while unfit to ride through drink…”
In fact, you can be convicted of the “drunk in charge” offence even if you’re not actually weaving up the road on your bicycle. Theoretically, you are committing an offence even if you are just pushing your bike. “Being drunk while in charge of a carriage on any highway…”
Which is all a bit of a disappointment. You see, I had always thought it would be a great competition to do a distillery tour with a group of pals on our bikes. At each distillery we would sample a dram, and then cycle to the next.
The last person to end up in a ditch would be the winner.
Looks like that’s not going to happen, then. Ah, well, that still leaves the Union Canal “bottle of malt raft race” to try, I suppose.