If you are a motorcyclist the months of March and April have a special meaning for you. It is the time of year when the weather becomes nicer and the open road seems to call your name. If you find that you have the itch to jump on your bike and ride off into the sunset, you may just have spring “riding” fever. If you have the fever, you are not alone. Bike clubs across the state and the country are gearing up and there are events going on nearly every weekend. While it is a great time of year to venture out on your bike, it is important to keep in mind the golden rule of biking which is “do not drink and ride.’
In the last several years, there have been various awareness campaigns that have touted the dangers of drinking and riding to motorcyclists. While the message is still going strong, unfortunately, it is not the only message riders are receiving. Events like bar runs, bar hopping and poker runs often have a not so subtle implication for riders to patronize the establishments sponsoring the event by buying a drink. Alcohol is also abundant at area rider festivals. The problem is that all of these messages work to create a culture that seems to say “it is okay to drink and ride, everyone does it, it is normal.”
But drinking and riding is not just a bad habit, it is downright deadly. Of the nearly 4,300 riders who died in motorcycle crashes in 2014, 30 percent were alcohol impaired (had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher). The percentage of riders killed that where under the impairment of alcohol jumped to 43 percent for those riders killed in single vehicle crashes. More than half of all riders who were fatally injured in a crash at night (between the hours of 9pm and 6am) had a BAC at or above the legal limit. One of the reasons that alcohol poses such a danger to motorcyclists is due to the drug’s ability to impair a person’s judgment. Or, in other words, alcohol turns otherwise intelligent people into people who make some pretty stupid decisions. For example, a rider who would never even consider riding without a helmet is much more likely to forgo wearing a helmet after consuming alcohol. Since riders who do not wear helmets are at a much higher risk of suffering a fatal injury—it is a dumb decision for a rider to choose not to wear a helmet.
Alcohol also has the power to give people a false sense of courage. This “courage” in turn makes people more likely to think that they are invincible. Thus riders who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to speed and ride recklessly. Consuming alcohol also dulls a rider’s senses. A rider who is intoxicated is more likely to misjudge distances and react more slowly to road conditions. So the bottom line is, if you plan to ride, plan to ride sober.
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