ORV riding, like any other activity involving a motor vehicle, demands the full attention of the operator. This is reflected in the rules regarding alcohol use while operating an ORV, which are virtually identical to the laws regarding alcohol in the motor vehicle code.
- Open containers of alcoholic beverages may not be transported in or upon an ORV unless in a trunk or compartment separate from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
- An ORV operator is considered to have given implied consent to chemical tests of blood, breath, or urine for blood alcohol levels.
- A statutory presumption of intoxication exists for a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine.
- A person under 21 years old, whether licensed or not, may not operate an off-road vehicle if he or she has consumed any alcohol.
- A person who operates an off-road vehicle in Michigan either while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or with an unlawful blood alcohol content and who causes a serious impairment of a body function of another person is guilty of a felony.
- A person convicted of operating an off-road vehicle either while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or with an unlawful blood alcohol content will have six points assessed against his or her driver’s license. A person convicted of operating an off-road vehicle while visibly impaired will have four points assessed against his or her driver’s license.