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Too Drunk To Ride? Find Out With This iPhone App

Drinking and riding is not only a serious concern for transportation safety officials, it should be one of your concerns as well.

Let’s be realistic here, drinking and riding is endemic to the motorcycle culture. Something like 46 percent of riders killed in accidents, at least according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), have at least some alcohol in their system at the time of their death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol than passenger vehicle operators.

Nuff said.

It appears riders like to have a snort or two and then take a ride. In 2007, the number of alcohol-impaired motorcyclists in fatal crashes increased by 10 percent while the number of alcohol-impaired drivers of passenger cars declined 6 percent. According to the NHTSA, they define “alcohol impaired” as having a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)  0.08 grams/deciliter. Their analysis of motorcycle riders and passenger vehicle drivers killed showed about 83 percent of the alcohol-impaired accident fatalities were males.

Kelley Tway, media relations manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), adds that drinking and driving among car and motorcycle operators is habitual and said that first offenders surveyed after being arrested for drunk driving admitted they had gotten away with drinking and driving many times before they were finally arrested.

So how do you make sure you’re not one of those riders dying or waking up in a drunk tank?

French insurance company MAAF  developed a hand little tool to help you out. Their application, and it works with most smartphones and the iPad, can tells you if you are legally capable of riding your motorcycle.

Check it out, and if you ever ride your motorcycle after a few drinks, get the app and save everyone a whole bunch of agony:

Click here to access the MAAF AlcooTel web site
Click here to access the iPhone Alcootel download
Click here to access the Windows Phone Alcootel download
Click here to access the Java based phones Alcootel download
Click here to access the iPad Alcootel download

Thanks to Mike Werner at motorbiker.org


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