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Riding a motorcycle while under the influence

When people think of drunk driving, many envision someone operating a truck or a passenger vehicle. However, it is important to keep in mind that those who operate other types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, may also drive drunk. In some parts of the country, there are fewer motorcyclists on the road during the winter months. However, many will soon take to the road once again when spring rolls around. Whether you are a motorcyclist, or you are worried about some of your friends riding a motorcycle while under the influence, it is imperative to be mindful of the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle while drunk.

Sometimes, people enjoy riding in large groups of motorcyclists, and these gatherings may also involve parties and visits to bars where alcohol is consumed. Unfortunately, some people may drink too much, or they may feel pressured to ride their motorcycle even though they are over the legal limit. By doing so, they threaten their own well-being and they place the lives of others at risk as well.

A drunk motorcyclist may cause an accident in any number of ways. For example, they could lose control of their motorcycle, creating a chain reaction that causes other motorcyclists to crash. Or, they could veer into another lane, causing a driver to swerve and lose control of their vehicle before slamming into another car or driving off of the road and colliding with a tree. As with any type of drunk driving crash, intoxicated motorcyclists should be held responsible.

Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities, accounting for 14 percent of such fatalities, while representing only 3 percent of the entire registered motor vehicle fleet.  For these reasons the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is dedicated to promoting safe behaviors of mototrcyclists. See NHTSA.gov for its "Share the Road" and "Stop Impaired Driving" programs for further information. 


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