- In 2015, about one third of fatal motorcycle crashes involved alcohol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis (2015):
- In Florida in 2015, impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of .08+ accounted for 27% of motorcycle fatalities, while impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of .01+ accounted for 35% of motorcycle fatalities.
- Nationally, in fatal crashes in 2015 a higher percentage of motorcycle riders had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver. The percentages for vehicle riders involved in fatal crashes were 27 percent for motorcycles, 21 percent for passenger cars, 20 percent for light trucks, and 2 percent for large trucks.
- Nationally, the percentage with BAC .08 g/dL or above was highest for fatally injured motorcycle riders among the 35-39 age group (37%), followed by the 45–49 age group at 36 percent and the 40-to-44 age group at 34%.
Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the states of Florida and Kentucky, and in Australia (“Quick tips: The Importance of Riding Unimpaired by Alcohol or Other Drugs.” PDF) (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 percent 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.
- Effects of Alcohol on Motorcycle Riding Skills (PDF)
- Methodology for Determining Motorcycle Operator Crash Risk and Alcohol Impairment (Web)
- Impaired Motorcycle Operation – Riders Helping Riders (Web)