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Ride Safe USA Safety Tip: Statistics from NHTSA, Florida, Kentucky, and Australia.
• Having any alcohol in one’s body increases the chance of crashing by five times. • Having a BAC greater than 0.05% increases the risk of crashing about forty-fold. • 46 percent of all motorcyclists killed in crashes were using alcohol. • 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.
Explanation: Alcohol Affects Your Ability To “SEE”
SEE is the acronym for MSF’s strategy to help motorcycle riders maintain a safety margin as well as remain ready and able to respond properly to traffic situations. SEE stands for:
• Search for hazards that might lead to trouble. • Evaluate how the hazards might interact to create risk; prioritize multiple hazards to deal with one at a time. • Execute an action to maintain a margin of safety.
Alcohol affects these three human elements of safe motorcycle operation by impairing your vision (Search), judgment/decision-making ability (Evaluate), and coordination/reaction time (Execute).
Recommendation: Don’t drink and ride, if you do plan ahead!
• Riders should never mix alcohol with riding. Even low, legal limits of BAC increase your risk while riding a motorcycle. • Riders who are away from home and decide to drink should either (1) wait until their BAC has returned to zero before riding, even if it means staying overnight, or (2) leave the motorcycle in a secure location and find alternate transportation home. *BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration (Source MSF)
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