As the warm weather wraps up and you get in your last summer rides, remember that drunk riding is dangerous and illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Since drinking alcohol reduces brain function and impairs thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination, it greatly inhibits your ability to operate a motorcycle (and any vehicle). Riding drunk not only puts you in danger, but it also puts everyone else on the road at risk. This Labor Day holiday period remember to always ride sober or plan a sober ride home. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of drunk riding. Then check out the resources to learn the facts about how dangerous it is.
Drunk Riding Affects More Than Just You
Motorcycle riders are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes, especially those involving alcohol. In fact, motorcycle riders had the highest rate (27%) of drunk-driving fatalities in 2017, compared to other fatal motor vehicle crashes that same year.
THE EFFECTS OF BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION
Even a .02 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) starts to impair your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination – all vital abilities to operating a vehicle safely. Because of this risk, it's illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to ride with a BAC of .08 or higher.
|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.
- Always wear your seat belt in a vehicle. It’s your best defense against impaired riders.
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
Driving under the influence of drugs can affect your coordination and decision-making skills as well. If you feel different, you drive different. Learn more about the importance of unimpaired driving here.