Illinois Motorcyclists Driving While Drunk

Yesterday (August 1, 2013) the Illinois Department of Transportation issued a press release regarding motorcycle safety titled “Crash Data Reveals a High Percentage of Motorcyclists Driving Drunk on Illinois Roadways in Late Afternoon.”

Notable excerpts include:

“The data indicates that many people are riding drunk in late afternoon and we must put a stop to this trend before more lives are lost on Illinois roadways,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider.


IDOT and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows for the 3 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. timeframe (see chart below) that 15 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurring during that time involve a drunk rider compared to 6 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities during the same time. Data shows from 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. to be even worse as 24 percent of motorcycle fatalities at that time involve a drunk rider compared to 11 percent of passenger cars.


In 2012 in Illinois, 148 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle crashes. That was a slight increase from 2011 motorcycle fatalities when 145 motorcyclists lost their lives. Motorcycle riders continue to be over-represented in Illinois motor vehicle crash fatalities. In 2012, motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles, yet motorcycle riders represented more than 15 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.

Additional details and statistics regarding the issue of motorcyclists riding while intoxicated can be seen in the press release.

Previous posts concerning motorcyclist safety can be seen in the “Motorcycle Rider Safety” category.


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