“Your ability to operate a motorcycle — or any vehicle — is reduced anytime you drink or get high. Drugs, whether legally prescribed or illegal, pose a threat to you, your passenger and others on the road. When it comes to alcohol, even a small amount of alcohol reduces brain function and impairs thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination.” (NHTSA)
- Studies by NHTSA, the states of Florida and Kentucky, and Australia (“Quick Tips: The Importance of Riding Unimpaired by Alcohol or Other Drugs”) (Motorcycle Safety Foundation, 2006) indicate the following:
- Having any alcohol in one’s body increases the chance of crashing by five times.
- Having a BAC greater than 0.05% increases the risk of crashing about 40-fold.
- One-fourth of all fatal alcohol-related motorcycle crashes involve motorcyclists running off the road, overturning, or falling from the motorcycle rather than striking another object.
For more information, refer to the following:
- Effects of Alcohol on Motorcycle Riding Skills
- Methodology for Determining Motorcycle Operator Crash Risk and Alcohol Impairment
- Impaired Motorcycle Operation – Riders Helping Riders