The NJ legislature has expressly prohibited the operation of a motorized bicycle or moped while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In this regard, N.J.S.A. 39:4-14.3g provides:
§ 39:4-14.3g. Operation by person under influence of liquor or drugs; penalty
It is unlawful for any person to operate a motorized bicycle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug. Any person who violates the provisions of this act shall be subject to the same penalties as provided in R.S. 39:4-50 for conviction of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of any such substance. In any prosecution for a violation of this act, the presumptions, consent and procedures set forth in P.L.1951, c. 23, s. 30 (C. 39:4-50.1) and P.L.1966, c. 142, ss. 2-5 (C. 39:4-50.2 to 39:4-50.5) shall be applicable.
Operating a moped or motorized bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may subject you to the same penalties as driving a car or larger motor vehicle while under the influence. Thus, if you are charged with this offense, you should contact an experienced traffic and DUI lawyer to discuss your options.
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