If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how much fun riding can be. This Labor Day, and every day, make it a point to not only have fun, but to never ride while impaired. 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. In 2018, motorcycle riders were overrepresented in deadly drunk driving crashes — they had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers compared to any other vehicle types, such as cars or trucks.
The Effects of Alcohol on Riding
|Blood Alcohol Concentration||Predictable Effects on Riding|
|.02||Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time|
|.05||Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations|
|.08||Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception|
|.10||Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately|
|.15||Substantial impairment in motorcycle control, attention to riding task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing|
Be Responsible: Have a Plan
- Plan a safe and sober ride home before drinking alcohol. Don't forget to arrange for a safe place to leave your motorcycle.
- Don’t let someone get on a motorcycle if that person has been drinking.
- If you’re hosting a party with alcohol, make sure everyone has a safe ride home – including motorcyclists.