As an experienced driver, you probably do not think about potential safety risks as you shift your car into gear. Confident in your capabilities, you might not consider what is going on with other people around you.

However, deputies recently arrested a Tennessee man for riding a horse down a road. While this may be common statewide, the determining factor in this arrest likely stemmed from the man’s alleged intoxication.

You might feel relieved that the presumed drunk driver did not harm you or your family by taking control of a motorized vehicle. However, riding on a dark road after sunset may have placed other members of the community at risk. And even if this man did not break traffic regulations, public intoxication remains against the law.

What kind of trouble could you get into for public drunkenness?

You are likely familiar with many laws that exist to protect the public. Though, are you aware that you may not behave in a way that disturbs the peace of those around you? Such acts include public intoxication, as well as potentially harmful or offensive behavior.

In this case, you might consider the damage an incident with an average-sized, 1,500-pound animal might have caused to you or your vehicle if you hit it, not realizing it was there. Coincidentally, you could have killed the man riding.

There are many potential consequences you could face for public intoxication. These include:

  • A $500 penalty
  • Up to six months in jail
  • A Class B Misdemeanor

You probably know you could risk losing your driving privileges if you drive drunk. However, if you want to go out for drinks, you must be sure you make a wise choice about how to get home safely, without further complicating matters.