Alcohol negatively affects your riding skills.
Riding a motorcycle takes coordination, balance and most important, good judgment. Alcohol, more than any other single factor, can rob you of your ability to think clearly and ride safely.
Riding a motorcycle involves a degree of risk. But mixing alcohol and motorcycling is a risk you don’t have to take. No one is immune to the effects of alcohol.
Even if you’re not legally impaired after drinking, alcohol robs you of some of the critical skills and judgment you need to ride safely. The safest and most responsible choice is to not drink and ride. If you plan on drinking, leave your bike at home and designate a sober driver or safe ride home BEFORE you head out.
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If you ride impaired, you’re asking for trouble. DUI is a crime that is aggressively enforced and prosecuted in Utah. Officers throughout the state routinely conduct patrols and check points to remove impaired drivers and riders from the road. You’d be looking at $10,000 in fines and fees, an impounded bike, ignition interlock devices and more—nothing good there.
And to be honest, an arrest for DUI is a consequence of impaired riding that’s on the lower end of the severity scale. What’s more likely and much more severe is you crashing. Alcohol affects your balance, reaction time and judgment—motorcycles are unforgiving, even of small errors. You should never mix alcohol with riding.
If you’re away from home and have some drinks, wait until your BAC is zero before riding, even if that means staying overnight. Or, leave your bike in a secure location and call a cab or sober friend to get you home.
If you see that a friend or another rider has had too much to drink, do what you can to keep that rider from getting back on their bike. It can be hard to do—but consider the alternatives. Don’t be afraid to get other friends involved, and if you don’t know the rider, try to get the rider’s friends to help keep that rider safe.
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“The Importance of Riding Unimpaired by Alcohol or Other Drugs” from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation