Drunk driving of any kind is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents, involving injuries and even death. Despite data indicating just how dangerous it is to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, recent crash data indicates that a high number of motorcyclists ride while intoxicated.
According to an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) press release, the percentage of drunk motorcycle riders (motorcycle operators with a BAC of 0.08 or higher) involved in fatal crashes during late afternoon and early evening hours are more than double that of drunk drivers of any other type of passenger vehicle.
Accordingly, IDOT, Illinois State Police, and motorcycle safety advocates are joining forces in a “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to remind Illinois motorcyclists that riding a motorcycle while intoxicated can lead to “tragic results.”
According to Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, “the Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over is a very simple life-saving message for these individuals. Their behavior is dangerous and is criminal, and law enforcement officers will continue to find them and arrest them.”
IDOT and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that between 3 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., 15 percent of motorcycle fatalities involve a drunk rider compared to 6 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities during that same time period. Between 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m., 24 percent of motorcycle fatalities involve a drunk rider compared to 11 percent of passenger cars.
IDOT reports that, in 2012, 148 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, which is a slight increase from the number of Illinois motorcycle fatalities in 2011 when 145 motorcyclists died in fatal motorcycle accidents. Moreover, motorcycle riders continue to account for a higher percentage of motor vehicle fatalities. Although motorcycles accounted for only 3 percent of registered motor vehicles in 2012, motorcyclists represented more than 15 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
As we recently reported, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland indicated that there were a record number of motorcycle crashes in many states throughout the country, which caused the number of overall motor vehicle fatalities to increase in several states.
The Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to making roadways safer by protecting the rights of those injured or killed in motorcycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents, including those crashes caused by alcohol use. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident – whether a car accident or a motorcycle accident, contact one of our Chicago motor vehicle accident lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit.