Information on breathalyzers, ignition interlock devices, and DWI and license reinstatement laws regarding ignition interlocks.
Saturday December 10th 2016



Motorcycle Ignition Interlock Devices

There are several companies that provide IID models suitable for use on a motorcycle.

There are several companies that provide IID models suitable for use on a motorcycle.

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) can be installed on motorcycles. There are several companies that provide IIDs, or car breathalyzers, that can be used on a motorcycle. However, if required to have an ignition interlock on your vehicle by law a motorcycle may not be an option.

Ignition interlock laws vary from state to state. In some states an individual required to have a breathalyzer interlock may use a motorcycle so long as it has the device installed. Other states, however, do not allow drivers required to use IIDs to drive a motorcycle. Massachusetts, for instance, does not allow the use of a motorcycle with an IID while Kansas and Kentucky do.

Therefore, if in a state such as Massachusetts that does not allow for the installation of an ignition interlock on a motorcycle, a driver is not allowed to operate a motorcycle while required to use an ignition interlock device.

No where is a motorcycle an exception if a driver is required to use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID).

Oregon not only allows the use of ignition interlock devices on motorcycles but provides information on which vendors provide motorcycle installation. The following cities in Oregon have vendors certified and able to install IIDs on motorcycles:  Cascade Locks, Clackamas, Eugene, Hillsboro, Longview, Medford, Roseburg, Salem, and Tigard. Motorcycle IID installation is also available in Vancouver, Washington. Check here for a complete list of Oregon IID vendors with contact information to locate an installation center near you.

There are IIDs that can be installed on your motorcycle, but you need to make sure your state allows the use of an IID breathalyzer on a motorcycle before installing and driving.

This post is meant to provide general information and should not be construed as legal advice. Any person needing legal advice should consult a licensed attorney.

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