Drinking and Riding: Bikers Still At It

Brent Plummer
by Brent Plummer
Dr. Maria Vegega recently presented a study on bikers and drinking to the American Public Health Association, in which she found that alcohol consumption is a major, continuing part of motorcycling's culture.

Vegega noted that most riders didn't think the recent anti-drinking-and-driving campaigns applied to them, and that the threat of bodily harm or even death didn't seem motivate riders to stop drinking and riding. What did? The possibility of damage and/or loss of their motorcycle.

As if our own stupidity weren't enough, this bad trend has been noticed by the National Highway Safety Administrion, who acknowledge that over that past 10 years, while alcohol-related fatalities for passenger cars have dropped significantly, drinking-related motorcycle fatalities have not.

We'd bet that spot checks of bikers are on the way in the near future...

This is the kind of behavior we need to stop, and certainly not the type of PR bikers as a whole need!

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