Effects of Alcohol on Motorcycle Riding Skills

One factor that continues to be associated with motorcyclist fatalities is alcohol. In 2005, a higher percentage of motorcycle operators had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver. Twenty-seven percent of motorcycle operators were at .08 or higher versus 22 percent for passenger car operators, and 21 percent for light truck operators. Despite the relevance of alcohol to motorcycle safety, only limited information on the impairing effects of alcohol on motorcycle operator performance is available. To address this issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsored a research study to assess the impairing effects of alcohol (up to the current per se limit of .08 BAC) on rider performance involving a broad set of basic motorcycle riding skills. This Traffic Tech briefly discusses the findings of this study.


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  • Created Date: Aug 8 2008 3:46PM