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Staying Safe: 45 Posts on How Drinking And Motorcycles Do Not Mix!

Operating a motorcycle on our congested highways and byways is, by its nature, more dangerous than operating other motor vehicles.  Injuries to occupants, being more vulnerable to impacts, are almost always more severe.  Operation of the motorcycle is also inherently more complex and requires more coordination.  Anything that impairs that coordination will dramatically increase the risk of an accident.

  1. Rolling Stoned: Experiments in Riding Drunk
    What happens when friends let friends ride drunk. We plied our staff with liquor and then put them on motorcycles.
  2. The Truth about Drinking and Riding
    While no one will publicly declare alcohol consumption and motorcycling are OK, there remain definite problems in a culture offering mixed messages.
  3. Trends in Motorcycle Fatalities Associated with Alcohol-Impaired Driving
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported increasing numbers of motorcycle deaths associated with alcohol-impaired driving in recent years, especially among persons aged >40 years.
  4. Motorcycle safety – drinking & riding
    Here’s a scary statistic for you. More than 47% of motorcycle fatalities involve a rider under the influence of alcohol.
  5. Drunk on a Motorcycle: We Try Alcohol-Addled Riding…and Crashing
    Seventeen years ago, Motorcyclist did a stupid thing. We drank gallons of malt liquor and then climbed onto—and fell off—a motorcycle.
  6. Alcohol Sermon – Uh-Oh, Preacher Dave
    According to the numbers, motorcycling has gradually been getting safer over the years, except for one big problem that isn’t going away; the involvement of alcohol in fatal accidents.
  7. AAA: Alcohol, motorcycles drive jump in N.C. traffic deaths
    An increase in motorcycle and drunken driving deaths were two primary causes for a 7.8 percent jump in traffic fatalities in North Carolina last year.
  8. Motorcycle Accidents And DUI | Drunk Driving And Motorcycles | Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
    The shocking truth is that besides speeding, drinking while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is the most common cause of fatal motorcycle accidents.
  9. Alcohol & Motorcycles: A Deadly Combination
    According to the MSF, there is no “safe” amount of alcohol that an individual can drink and not be at risk when riding a motorcycle.
  10. Should motorcycles be operated within the legal alcohol limits for automobiles.
    The results revealed a positive correlation between total errors and breath alcohol concentrations within a range well below the commonly accepted legal limit of intoxication of 0.10 mg/dL.
  11. Staying Safe and Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents
    With both judgment and reaction time being essential to safe riding, it makes good sense to refrain from drinking and drug-use while operating your motorcycle.
  12. Stay Safe and Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
    Do not drink alcohol and ride. In 2008, 30 percent of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.
  13. The Road – The Rush – the Ride.  Motorcycle Safety Programs
    The None for the Road – Never Drink and Ride campaign encourages riders to drink responsibly and avoid riding under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
  14. Motorcycle Safety on the Highway
    Don’t ride in an impaired condition.  It is no surprise that alcohol and other drugs play a substantial role in too many motorcycle accidents.
  15. Alcohol Related Motorcycle Accidents
    I suggest we take a moment of pause and reflect on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.  Recently released information tells a very compelling and sad story.
  16. Analysis of alcohol-related motorcycle crashes in Florida and recommended countermeasures
    Although much progress has been made in reducing alcohol-related crash fatalities involving motor vehicles, the same success has not been demonstrated with motorcycles.
  17. Harley Joins National Commission Against Drunk Driving
    Driving a motorcycle, or any vehicle, while intoxicated is extremely dangerous. Motorcycle riding requires balance, motor skills, awareness and concentration, all things that are missing or dulled when riding impaired.
  18. Being in Shape to Ride: Alcohol and Other Drugs in Motorcycle Operation
    Alcohol and other drugs, more than any other factor, degrade your ability to think clearly and to ride safely. As little as one drink can have a significant effect on your performance.
  19. Facts and Statistics: Motorcycles and Alcohol
    Overall in 2006, more than 13,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
  20. Roadway deaths rise, with most preventable
    Motorcycle deaths were on the rise, 20 last year compared with 14 in 2005. Speed combined with drinking and motorcycles proved deadly. Of the 20 motorcycle deaths, nine involved alcohol and seven involved speeding.
  21. California DUI and Motorcycle Fatalities Highlight Big Declines in Overall Traffic Deaths
    For the fourth year in a row, DUI deaths dropped in 2009. At the same time, motorcycle fatalities saw their first drop since 1998, marking the end to an 11-year, 175 percent increase.
  22. DUI on Motorcycles, Boats or Planes
    Motorcycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs is very similar to California DUI cases involving more traditional passenger vehicles, and is charged under the same statutes.
  23. Drunk-Driving Motorcycle Death Is An “Accident”
    At the root of this dispute is the fact that a layperson would unquestionably term Anthony McClelland’s death an “accident.”
  24. The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that alcohol is a contributing factor in nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities.
  25. Motorcycle DUI Clues
    NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes clues for nighttime driving behaviors that are indicative of DUI driving.
  26. The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2005, about 27 percent of motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
  27. The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists
    Each year, one out of every 35 of those motorcycles is involved in a reported crash, and one out of every 1,200 or so is involved in a fatal crash.
  28. Police Guide to Detecting Impaired Motorcyclists
    NHTSA sponsored research to develop a set of behavioral cues to be used by law enforcement personnel to detect motorcyclists who are operating their vehicles while intoxicated.
  29. Motorcycling Under the Influence
    In most states, arrests for riding a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prosecuted under the same laws as drunk driving in more traditional vehicles.
  30. Alcohol use and motorcycle accidents
    An investigation of 1508 of the 1577 fatal and injury producing motorcycle accidents reported to Victoria police during 1974 revealed that alcohol usage was a significant factor
  31. Bad Idea: Alcohol + Motorcycles
    In 2005, riders who had been drinking accounted for 45 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities.
  32. Wear a helmet and don’t drink and drive
    A motorcycle accident can change your life. Motorcylces are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive
  33. The Truth about Motorcycle Crashes
    Everyone knows drinking and driving a car do not mix, but it may not be so obvious that “driving” also refers to motorcycles.
  34. Different Strokes – Views from the Classic Bike Community
    Over and over, it has been shown that alcohol and riding do not mix. We loose if we mix booze and bikes.  Everybody looses.  And apparently we aren’t getting any smarter!
  35. Being In Shape To Ride
    Riding a motorcycle is a demanding and complex task. Alcohol and other drugs, more than any other factor, degrade your ability to think clearly and to ride safely.
  36. Riding Sober
    Alcohol And Motorcycles Are Incompatible.  Riders should never mix alcohol with riding. Even low, legal limits of BAC increase your risk while riding a motorcycle.
  37. The Facts about Motorcycles and Alcohol
    Motorcycling is a complex task requiring excellent coordination and motor skills. Alcohol greatly diminishes the coordination and motor skills needed to maneuver a motorcycle.
  38. Motorcycles and alcohol: Research examines a dangerous combination
    While a large body of research has been devoted to detailed analysis of how alcohol interferes with automobile operation, relatively little work has been completed on the question of how alcohol affects the skills required to operate a motorcycle.
  39. Alcohol and Motorcycles
    In the last twenty years, the legal system has created serious consequences for anyone driving under the influence of alcohol. However, the idea of driving a motorcycle under the influence is even more dangerous for a number of reasons.
  40. Should motorcycles be operated within the legal alcohol limits for automobiles.
    Riding error scores in three defensive and evasive maneuvers plus distance traveled in a standard time period were documented at baseline and at predetermined intervals following controlled alcohol consumption.
  41. Alcohol and motorcycle fatalities.
    A series of 99 fatal motorcycle crashes in Maryland was studied retrospectively, using police and medical examiner records.
  42. Alcohol and Motorcycle Operation
    Alcohol has extremely harmful effects upon the processes involved in motorcycle operation.  These effects begin long before a rider becomes intoxicated.
  43. Florida Motorcycle Handbook 2010 – Alcohol and other drugs in motorcycle operation
    It is difficult to accurately measure the involvement of particular drugs in motorcycle crashes. But we do know what effects various drugs have on the process involved in riding a motorcycle.
  44. Being in Shape to Ride: Alcohol and Other Drugs in Motorcycle Operation
    Alcohol and other drugs, more than any other factor, degrade your ability to think clearly and to ride safely. As little as one drink can have a significant effect on your performance.
  45. Motorcycle Fatality Facts 2008
    Thirty percent of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2008 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent; among single-vehicle crashes this was 43 percent.

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