ND House passes bill that would exempt horse and bike riders from DUI laws

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Forum file photo

BISMARCK — The North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week that would exempt riders of bicycles and horses from certain criminal offenses while riding.

Hold on to your saddles — that means no more DUIs for those who ride intoxicated if the bill passes the North Dakota Senate.

House Bill 1154 would amend the language of the law to say that horses and bikes are deemed vehicles, but the rider would not be subject to criminal charges catch any criminal offenses while riding.

The bill was approved Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the House by a 91-1 vote. Forum News Service reached out to the lone opponent, Rep. Larry Bellew, R-Minot, but he couldn't be reached. The bill was sent to the Senate on Thursday, Jan. 24, but hasn't come up for a vote yet.

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