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Can you get a DUI on a snowmobile?

Yes. Pennsylvania law prohibits riders from operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Riding a snowmobile requires a great deal of focus and attention to steer and navigate obstacles, and being under the influence of alcohol impairs a driver's ability to respond to these dangers. Riding a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol also endangers the safety of others on the road, whether they are other snowmobilers, drivers, cross-country skiers or pedestrians. 

Checkpoints have even been set up in woods of the Allegheny National Forest to crack down on snowmobilers who have been drinking. 

Some snowmobilers mistakenly believe that cold air will sober them up once they get riding after drinking. This is not true. The only thing that can facilitate sobriety is time. A person found to be operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can face penalties, just like a driver of a car, truck or motorcycle would. 

In addition, alcohol can also lead to dehydration, which, even if a person hasn't been drinking, can contribute to decreased attention and responsiveness on a snowmobile. Dehydration alone can be a particular problem in the winter, when people are less aware of being thirsty than they are in the summer. 

Just as drivers charged with DUI can benefit from having a dedicated attorney to protect their rights, so can snowmobilers. While the consequences of a DUI charge stemming from operating any type of motor vehicle can be severe, working with an experienced lawyer can increase the chances of a more favorable outcome than might otherwise be possible. 


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