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Kentucky lawmakers consider if "pedal while you drink" should be legal

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KENTUCKY (KFVS) -

Lawmakers in Kentucky are looking at amending a law to allow passengers to consume alcohol on human-powered four-wheeled bicycles.

However, the amendment would still make it illegal for the driver steering and braking to drink.

U.S. Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, said "Party bikes" that seat 15 people have become popular in large cities across the United States.

Legislation to amend this law was passed by the House during the regulation session.

However, the amendment did not make it out of committee in the Senate.

The legislation would do three things: create a legal definition for quadricylces, direct that local governments to regulate those bikes, and exempt passengers on board from drinking in public places.

Montell reports there are 59 licensed quadricycles in the eight states that allow passengers to drink alcohol compared to 31 quadricycles in the 18 states that do not allow passengers to drink.

Legislators like Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, say, "There are people that have concerns about this."

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