Can you be charged drunk driving when you are racing a car at a race track?
You sure can. It happened in my home town of Anderson, Indiana. See the
link below. Most people think that you cannot be arrested for drunk driving
on private property, which a privately owned race track is. But, the Statue
regarding Operating While Intoxicated cases says that you cannot operate
a VEHICLE while intoxicated. It does not say MOTOR vehicle. Thus, any
vehicle counts, including bikes, buggies, ATV's and even horses (he's
In the case in Anderson, they will stil have to prove he was over the limit
and or impaired. But you can bet he is in trouble with the track either
way. My guess is he did not think he could get in trouble with the law
because he was on private property.
Again, this appllies to all vehicles on all property. So be careful when
you drive your ATV's or snowmobiles out in your farm fields. Imagine
you have an accident out in the field and the ambulance comes, and thus
the police come out to investigate the crash. If you test postive for
alcohol, you are in trouble. If you find yourself with any questions about
these issues, please give us a call at Arnold Terrill, P.C.