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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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Can you be prosecuted for riding a bicycle drunk?

Q: Sometimes my mate drives his car to the pub with his bike in the back, then cycles home after drinking four or five pints. Can you be prosecuted for riding a bike while drunk and could the penalty affect your driving licence?

a drunk cyclist A: It is illegal to ride a bicycle on a road or other public place while unfit through alcohol or drugs, ie so wasted that you don’t have proper control of the bike. It is also an offence to be drunk in charge of a bicycle, so your friend shouldn’t even be pushing his bike while drunk.

The punishment for these offences would be a fine – your driving licence cannot be affected by any matter related to cycling because riding a bicycle doesn’t require a licence. A police officer would most likely conduct a roadside sobriety test and if he felt the cyclist was a danger to himself or others he might arrest him and let him sleep it off in a police cell. Otherwise, the cyclist would be cautioned or face a fine.

However, if alcohol causes a cyclist to ride in a dangerous fashion, he could be charged with ‘furious cycling’ for which you can face imprisonment. Cycling after drinking is not a good idea because alcohol impairs balance, reaction times and judgment. For the sake of a taxi fare, your friend is putting himself and other road users in danger. You should talk to him about this.
Audrey Wixon
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