1 in 4 people killed over Labor Day weekend in 2012 involved a car driver or motorcycle driver with a BAC almost double the legal limit. This is why there will be a nationwide effort to reduce drunk driving and drunk driving related car and motorcycle accidents over the Labor Day Weekend
Date of 2014 crack down: Friday August 15th to Monday September 1st.
The motorcycle campaign “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a branch of the over all Labor Day Crack Down: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. This part of the campaign is specifically targeted towards motorcycle drivers and passengers due to the large percentage of fatal crashes per registered motorcycles.
There will be several ways the campaign will be enacted
Motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000 (cdc.gov). This is one reason for this year’s Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. Part of the nationwide Labor Day Crackdown by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), The campaign targets drunk drivers in an effort to reduce drunk driving related fatalities. Motorcycle riders are receiving special attention because more than 1 in 4 motor cycle riders that were killed in 2012 were legally drunk. The NHTSA states that the percentage of drunk motorcycle riders fatally injured goes up 64% on weekend nights.
The end of Summer and the start of Autumn is a great time to get out and ride. Make sure to stay safe by following these three Rules
Always where a DOT Approved Helmet while riding
Don’t drive drunk
Remember: If you are the motorcycle driver, you have a high risk of being the one killed in a fatal accident.