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What Will 2010 Fatality Statistics Be?

The statistics for 2010, 4th of July fatalities isn't out yet, but hopefully it will be better than past years. I pulled up some information on Tennessee statistics, being from the Volunteer State, I was curious. In 2009, there were 16 people killed in 15 accidents, a fatality rate of one death every 4 hours and 53 minutes, 5 of those people killed were motorcyclist and 2 of those riders were over the legal limit of.08 or higher.

The 2008 national statistics showed that 37,261 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, out of that number shows that 11,733 people were killed in crashed that involved. at least, one driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of 0.8 or higher!!

Alcohol plays a big role in motorcycle fatalities. In 2008, 43% of the 2291 motorcycle riders who were killed in single-vehicle crashes nationwide had BAC levels or.08 or higher, as well as 64% of nighttime weekend fatalities. Crashes in 2008, motorcycle riders had a BAC level of.08 or higher than any other type of vehicle driver! Wake up my fellow riders...drinking impaired isn't' worth the risk.

Isn't it time to wake up? Almost half the riders killed had been drinking at the time of the accident. The risk factor for riding a motorcycle is high, why would anyone want to increase the odds? Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences of drinking and driving are serious and real. The fact, that 64%, of night time accident include motorcycles should bring up "red flags" to motorcyclists.

All motorcyclists need to take time to "ponder", how to lower the risk factor. First and foremost, no drinking and driving, wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet, wear a motorcycle jacket, wear leather chaps, wear motorcycle boots, motorcycle gloves, glasses or goggles and wear something reflective for night riding.

I have been riding motorcycles since the 1970's and at the age of 53, I continue to enjoy riding my motorcycle. I have attended 2 MSF classes, I began a MSF instructor and I wear my motorcycle safety gear when I ride! My motorcycle helmets are DOT approved, I wear a leather motorcycle jacket, I wear leather chaps (even in the summer), I wear motorcycle boots, motorcycle gloves and glasses or goggles. I have NEVER rode my motorcycle after drinking!

I will not ride with people who drink and drive, I will not drive above the speed limits, I will get there when I get there. I will not be "peer pressured" into riding in a manner which is uncomfortable to me. My life is my own, I will protect myself from harm, it is my responsibility. Never allow others to influence you into riding above your abilities.

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