Motorcycle Safety

Recently, motorcycle safety advocates have joined with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) to remind Illinois motorcyclists that riding while intoxicated is a terrible choice, and often leads to tragedy. The three groups have launched a “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, in response to alarming crash data. Drunk motorcycle riders (with a BAC of 0.08 or higher) are involved in late afternoon and early evening fatal crashes at a rate more than double that of drunk drivers of any other kind of passenger vehicle.
IDOT and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data show that the 3 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. hours see 15 percent of motorcycle fatalities involving a drunk rider, compared to 6 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities during the same time. 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. is even worse, with 24 percent of DUI motorcycle fatalities, versus 11 percent for passenger cars.
148 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents in Illinois last year. That’s a slight increase over 2011, when 145 motorcyclists lost their lives. Motorcycle riders made up 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles in 2012, but represented more than 15 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.