Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has a lot of statistics to back up their expert knowledge of drunk driving and the problems associated with it, and one of their frequently shared stats is that 50 to 75% of offenders will continue driving — or drunk driving — on a suspended license. That’s why driver’s license suspensions don’t often work, and why MADD advocates for ignition interlocks for all offenders.
There are a lot of examples of people drunk driving on a suspended license, but one example that happened recently shows just how far an offender will go to continue driving. A man in Ontario who was banned from driving for life thanks to numerous impaired driving convictions was found driving drunk, this time on a gas-powered bicycle.
Police officers noticed him on the bicycle, one that had both a gas-powered engine and a clutch, and decided to pull him over when he seemed to be having trouble braking. With a little investigating they discovered that he was drunk, so he shouldn’t have been driving the bicycle because it’s considered a motor vehicle in Ontario. They also found out about his lifetime driving ban.
A gas powered bicycle, snowmobile, airplane, or even a tractor: it doesn’t matter that these aren’t exactly conventional vehicles. What matters is that they are considered motor vehicles in the eyes of the law.
If you’re an impaired driving offender and you’ve received a driver’s license suspension, or you have a restricted driver’s license because you’re taking part in Ontario’s ignition interlock program, it’s good to read up on your driving restrictions and understand that you’re banned from driving all types of motor vehicles.
If you do, you’ll be arrested again for drunk driving on a suspended license and, just like this offender, you could receive even stiffer penalties than if you would have complied in the first place.