Safe-Driving Ad Campaign Helps Clarify: Drunken Horse Riders Comply with DUI Statute
Montana Department of Transportation’s
“Sober Friend” ad.
But under Montana law they are in the clear when they rely on a trusted equine to take them home after they’ve had too much to drink, according to the Independent Record.
The relevant statute says that a vehicle moved by animal power—which, in addition to a horse ridden by someone who’s had too much to drink, would also include a horse-drawn buggy, a bicycle and a nonmotorized wheelchair—cannot be ticketed for DUI.
The legal issue captured public attention after the state ran a clip of a man who’d apparently had a few beers riding a horse home as part of a “Sober Friend” advertising campaign.
An article on the United Kingdom’s Metro.com site links to a YouTube video of the ad.