SSFPD Media Release: Motorcycle DUI & Safety Enforcement This Weekend

South San Francisco, CA   July 11, 2016  Submitted by SSF Police Department SSFPD logo color

This weekend,  specially trained  officers from the South San Francisco Police Department’s  traffic unit  will  be out looking for impaired motorcyclists  and  other unsafe driving violations as part of the Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-riding crackdown. This effort is part of the larger national Drive  Sober or Get Pulled  Over high­  visibility  enforcement campaign  that  combines  intense enforcement  of impaired-driving  laws with advertising and media outreach to let all drivers and riders know about the enforcement and convince  them to obey the law.

 

In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists (4,311 riders and 275 passengers) were killed in motor vehicle crashes – a decrease of 2 percent from the 4,692 motorcyclists killed in 2013. Unfortunately, there were an estimated 92,000 motorcyclists injured in 2014 -a 5-percent increase from the 88,000 motorcyclists injured in 2013. Even though motorcycles account for about 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcyclists are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes – especially those involving alcohol.

 

“The facts speak for themselves; nationally in 2014, the majority of riders killed in vehicle crashes were drunk, between the ages of 35 and 49, on motorcycles with 1,001-1,500 cc and higher engine sizes, riding on the weekend between midnight and 3 a.m.,” said South San Francisco Police Lieutenant Keith Wall. “Riding while impaired puts you and every other road user at risk, and that’s just wrong. So if you drink and ride, we will see you, stop you, arrest you, and impound your motorcycle.”

 

“A lot of people don’t know  that  many of the alcohol-related  fatal crashes are single-vehicle  crashes that involve only the motorcycle,” said Lieutenant Wall. ”In fact, 43 percent of the 1,803 motorcyclists  who died  in single-vehicle crashes in 2014 were alcohol  impaired.  Sixty-two percent of those killed  in single-vehicle crashes on weekend  nights were  alcohol   impaired.

Several solo motorcycle fatal collisions have occurred in South San Francisco in the last few years.”

It appears that riding while drunk often goes hand-in-hand with other unsafe riding habits: in 2014, the reported helmet use rate for alcohol impaired motorcyclists was 51 percent as compared to 67 percent for those with no alcohol. Remember, if you don’t ride sober, you will get pulled over.

 

For more  information  about  motorcycle  safety, please  visit  www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.

 

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