If you haven’t picked up an Other Paper yet this weekend, there’s a story in there about how DUIs can’t be issued to people in Ohio operating a Segway while intoxicated. I’m really not sure if this is that newsworthy, but still gave me a transportation-related laugh.
Tipsy on a Segway?
The question leaves legal minds stumped
by Erik Johns / September 6, 2007
If you drive your car home from the bars after a long night of drinking, you’re risking a DUI conviction and a night in jail. But if you’re riding a Segway, Johnny Law’s hands appear to be tied.
The Ohio Revised Code has not quite caught up with the new yuppie mobility trend. In Ohio, drunk driving is forbidden in any motor vehicle, but there are exceptions for motorized wheelchairs and “electric personal assistive mobility devices.”
Since Segways start at $5,000—and let’s be honest, they look pretty stupid—the issue isn’t likely to become a big problem any time soon. But on Aug. 29, six people were seen parking their Segways on a sidewalk in the Short North before entering a bar, inspiring onlookers to wonder whether one must be sober to legally Segway.