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Thread: Woman Who Got DUI in Wheelchair Challenging Law

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    Senior Member Max's Avatar
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    Montreal,Province of Quebec, CANADA

    Woman Who Got DUI in Wheelchair Challenging Law

    Woman Who Got DUI in Wheelchair Challenging Law
    A Florida woman who was in a motorized wheelchair when she collided with a vehicle in the street and was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .12, is claiming in court that her wheelchair is not a vehicle.

    Cynthia Christensen's attorney says a wheelchair is used to help people "walk" not ride, and wheelchairs are not specifically mentioned in the state's drunk driving law.

    The state says a wheelchair does meet the definition of a vehicle. The law defines a vehicle as "every device, in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks."

    Source: Woman's DUI Case Questions Definition of Vehicle

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    I wonder if this would apply to a manual wheelchair as well?

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    The law in Norway defines a person in wheelchair, both manuel and powerchairs, as a walking person by law. It was a lawsuit two years ago about it. So here we can drink and keep on rollin'

    TH 12 incomplete 12-12-69.

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    I'm in trouble if this one hold up.

    Brian C/5

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    kind of funny, can only imagine how great it would be to get pulled over by a cop in my "vehicle"/ manual wc.

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    Senior Member lynnifer's Avatar
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    Windsor ON Canada
    She also bit the head off a python and faces legal trouble over that ... oooo kaaay ...

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