Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while operating a motorcycle is just as serious as getting a DUI while driving a car. The potential legal consequences are no different.
In fact, motorcyclists have a higher rate of fatal crashes caused by alcohol than car or truck drivers. Over 40% of motorcyclists involved in single-vehicle fatal crashes were under the influence of alcohol at the time.
One area where there’s some confusion around DUIs for motorcyclists is when it comes to ignition interlock devices (IIDs). These breathalyzer-type devices attach to the ignition and require that you blow into them to show that you’re not over the designated limit for the ignition to start. They’re often required in order to get your license back on a restricted basis after a DUI.
Can an IID be installed on a motorcycle?
Some IID manufacturers do make devices that can be installed on motorcycles. Although some states won’t allow them on motorcycles, Virginia does allow them.
It’s important to note, however, that an IID on a motorcycle is going to be subjected to the elements like rain and wind, unlike those in cars. Therefore, your IID is more likely to stop working or report inaccurate results. It can also be much more difficult to hear the prompt to take a rolling retest, which is required periodically while the engine is running. All of these things can cause reports of violations that you didn’t actually commit.
An IID must be installed on all vehicles you operate
Another common misconception by some people is that if you need to have an IID to operate your motorcycle legally, that requirement doesn’t apply to your other vehicles. In fact, an IID needs to be installed on every one of your vehicles in order to drive legally. That means your cars as well.
Virginia, like other states, takes DUI charges and penalties very seriously. If you need an IID to be able to continue to drive legally after a DUI, it’s crucial to understand the requirements as well as how the device works. The last thing you need is more legal problems that are avoidable. Having legal guidance can help you complete your IID requirement successfully.