Definition of “operate” (motor vehicle)
The term operate, as applied to motor vehicles, includes driving, and it also includes an attempt to operate. The word operate covers all matters and things connected with the presence and use of motor vehicles on the highway, whether they are in motion or at rest. Operation may be shown by a person sitting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, with the engine running. It may also be shown by a person attempting to move the vehicle, whether or not the engine is running.