Drink-ride cyclist slapped with €1,000 fine in Murcia today

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A CYCLIST in Murcia faces a fine of up to €1,000 for riding his bicycle while triple the legal drink-drive limit in Murcia, Spain, this morning.

The city’s Local police Motoring Group spotted the man riding one of the council-run MuyBici hire bikes erratically in the Infante Don Juan Manuel neighbourhood. 

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The sanction, as reported through the Local Police’s Twitter account, can be up to €1,000, with police saying that they have removed “a danger from the public highway” and the man would have to 000, with police saying that they have removed “a danger from the public highway” and the man would have to continue his journey home on foot. 

In terms of law, once a bicycle is being ridden it is classed as a vehicle and therefore covered by the same rules and laws as a car, a truck, a bus, in fact any other vehicle on the road.  


It is only when the rider dismounts and walks with the bicycle is it considered otherwise. In this instance, the situation means that the person has become a pedestrian.  

That is the same reason why cyclists cannot ride across zebra crossings, because we wouldn’t expect a truck to do that, and the rider must dismount before they do. 


Listening to music using headphones or using a mobile phone when riding a bike are prohibited in the same way as they are for other vehicles. Consuming more than the prescribed limit of alcohol or using drugs is also not allowed. 





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