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Alcohol Risk Factors

Risk Factor: Motorcyclists

In 2016, there were 4,950 motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,259 (25%) were alcohol-impaired (BACs of .08 or higher). In addition, there were 335 fatally injured motorcycle riders who had lower alcohol levels (BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL).

Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2016, 25 percent of the motorcycle riders killed were riding impaired.

In 2016, the highest percentages of fatally injured, alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders were in the 35-to-39 age group (38%), followed by the 45-to-49 age group (37%), and the 40-to-44 age group (32%).

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