Alright, everyone. I’m continuing to break down the report that was released last month from the Governors Highway Safety Association on crashes in 2017 and most specifically for us, motorcycle crashes and even more specifically, fatalities involving motorcyclists. And what nuggets we can take from that report to try to help us remain safe out there.
To remind you, the report came out with just shy of 5000 motorcyclist deaths last year from vehicle collisions, and so in today’s video I want to break down one of the key highlights of the report, which is 25% of motorcyclist fatalities – the motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit in that state. And so, what the report obviously is suggesting is that alcohol played a role.
I don’t think it’s that simple obviously, but here is my take on it and what I think we can hopefully take to heart and maybe alter our habits a little bit. As we know, it’s our responsibility unfortunately as the motorcyclists out there in Georgia to protect ourselves. Most accidents happen because of the fault of the other driver, not the motorcycle rider. That being said, I’ve been harping on it for a long time. We’ve got to stay vigilant ourselves to try to avoid these things. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the only way for us to stay safe.
So with this statistic, I think what we need to take away from it is – Please think twice before consuming alcohol and then riding; even if you’re under the limit, because here’s the problem. Given that we have to remain so vigilant out there to protect ourselves and be defensive riders, alcohol obviously dampens our reflexes, our decision-making processes and things like that. So there likely is somewhat of a correlation between this blood alcohol level statistic and fatalities.
Again, I don’t think it’s what they’re trying to make it out to be, that it’s all motorcycle riders drunk, doing stupid things. I think it’s more of a warning to us that as much as we would love to do it, have a beer or two, we’re under the limit and go ride… I think we’ve got to be very careful even doing that, because it is going to affect our ability to avoid an accident and again, unfortunately, we’ve got to watch out for the ones that are violating the rules of the road, not us; and we need to have all of our skills, all of our awareness at its peak when we’re out there riding.
So just something to take away from this statistic to try to help everyone out there; maybe give you a little bit of something to keep in the back of your mind. Again, I know it’s not the best news in the world, but we’ve got to be careful guys. Anyway if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to me. Shoot me an e-mail. Comment to this post or video, and be happy to speak with you, discuss the topic a little bit more. Thanks for watching this video