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27/11/2009

Riders in motorbike accidents fail fewer breath tests

Motorcyclists are only half as likely as other road-users to risk drinking before driving, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI), which is backing a national campaign to reduce car and motorbike accidents.

Official Department for Transport (DfT) statistics for 2008 reveal 1.4% of motorcycle riders breathalysed after an accident failed the test, compared with an average of 2.7% of all road user casualties.

Motorcyclists most likely to fail the test were aged 20-24 (2.4%), compared with 5% of drivers in this age group who tested positive after a car accident.

MCI director of communications Sheila Rainger said, “The demands of riding a motorcycle are greater than those of driving a car and it is good to see the majority of motorcyclists recognising this fact by refusing to mix drinking and riding.

“However, there is no room for complacency. As vulnerable road users, motorcyclists need to stay sharp.”

The MCI urges riders to be aware that alcohol can stay in the body well into the morning after. It supports the Road Safety Week 2009 with a call to all riders to commit to ‘not a drop, not a drag’ before starting the engine, and to help reduce the number of motorbike accidents and road casualties many of which can lead to personal injury compensation claims.

 
 
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