HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana Department of Transportation
public safety video that features a horse picking up a rider at a
bar is intended as a metaphor to encourage drinkers to get a ride
But it is being taken literally by some in a state well known
for its horse culture.
Helena Police Chief Troy McGee says he's received many calls
from residents wanting to know if riding a horse while under the
influence is legal. McGee tells the Independent Record newspaper
that it is.
Montana law carefully defines a vehicle, and excludes those
running under animal power.
The popular 30-second video titled "Sober Friend" shows a
savvy horse carefully obeying traffic laws on a nighttime journey
through town before stopping in front of a bar to pick up a rider.
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