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SAT-019: Alcohol and On- and Off-Road Vehicles

 
Alcohol and On- and Off-Road Vehicles: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that:

  • All state laws applicable to the operation of on-road motor vehicles (automobiles, trucks, motor homes and the like) while the operator is under the influence of ethanol should apply to the operation of any personal (non-commercial) motorized vehicle, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, scooters, mopeds, snowmobiles, boats, personal water craft (jet skis and the like), Segways and comparable products and any other motorized vehicles used for on-land or on-water transportation.
  • The maximum allowable blood alcohol concentration for the legal operation of any such motorized vehicle should be 0.08gm/dl for personal (non-commercial) use; blood alcohol concentration limits for the commercial use of such vehicles can and should be set lower than 0.08gm/dl.
  • The blood alcohol concentration for the legal operation of any such motorized vehicle by persons under 21 years of age should be nondetectable.
  • All state laws applicable to the operation of any such motorized vehicles for on-land or on-water transportation that address safe use while under the influence of ethanol should apply equally to the use of any such motorized vehicles while under the influence of any detectable amount of controlled substances, except in cases where such controlled substance use was otherwise permissible under Wisconsin law (e.g., prescribed by an authorized prescriber and taken as prescribed by the operator of the motor vehicle); restrictions on the commercial use of motorized vehicles while under the influence of any detectable amount of controlled substances may be more stringent than restrictions on the personal operation of such vehicles.

 
Any repeat offense laws regarding the operation of motorized vehicles while under the influence of ethanol or controlled substances, should be applicable regardless of the type of vehicle operated by the person convicted of operating under the influence. (HOD, 0412)