Virginia ranks dead last when it comes to alcohol-related motorcycle safety

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statistically, motorcyclists in Virginia are the worst in the nation when it comes to staying sober and staying alive. “Virginia ranks dead last when it comes to alcohol-related motorcycle safety. While other states are seeing decreases in the number of alcohol-related motorcycle fatalities in 2007, Virginia deaths are roaring to new levels,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Virginia traffic fatalities in 2007 attributed to cyclists impaired by alcohol increased 260 percent — from 15 to 39 deaths — compared to 2006. The increase of 24 motorcyclist fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in Virginia was the largest in the nation, according to Meade.

“We are seeing a surge in people, some more experienced than others, commuting by moped, scooters and motorcycles, which can create safety concerns when mixing with other vehicles,” said Fairfax Traffic Safety Specialist Master Police Officer Bob Barton. Fairfax Police have published an educational brochure for riders.

One response on “Virginia ranks dead last when it comes to alcohol-related motorcycle safety

  1. hery

    Loved it. Motor vehicle collisions are a huge burden to society. Unpaid medical expenses, held up traffic, etc. As motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death and injury for 1-34 yr olds.

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