Vehicles are much more dangerous to people than bicycles, so I imagine the penalties will never be the same, but that doesn’t mean that biking under the influence hasn’t caused much damage, and as a result legislation should keep up with it. Tara Parker-Pope did an article on this in her Wellness blog for the NYT, reporting a statistic that 1 in 5 people who die while bike riding in New York City have alcohol in their bodies, although there is not necessarily a correlation for all of the deaths. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/biking-while-intoxicated/) Not to mention, 92% of the deaths involved motor vehicles. There is little to find on accidents caused by drunk bikers that hurt other people, which suggests that there are not huge numbers of these. As a result, the penalties will almost certainly be less severe since the consequences are usually less severe, and usually involve only the rider himself.
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