Riding and Alcohol DO NOT MIX!
Alcohol is a major contributor to motorcycle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Alcohol affects those skills essential to riding a motorcycle - balance and coordination. So it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities.
In 2011, 30% of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had BAC levels of .08 or higher. An additional 7% had alcohol levels of BAC .01 to .07.
Helmets Save Lives!
- NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,617 motorcyclists in 2011. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 703 lives could have been saved.
- The economic cost savings due to helmet use was approximately $3.4 billion in 2011, and an additional $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.