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With some studies estimating that nearly 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents are related to alcohol, discussing the issue is still necessary.
As much as all of love to ride in dries, beautiful weather, we are actually going to discuss a different kind of dry riding: one without alcohol. With all the awareness these days on drinking and driving/riding, plus the fact everyone knows for the most part the consequences of being caught operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, it seems odd that it is still a major problem in motorcycling today. With some studies estimating that nearly 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents are related to alcohol, discussing the issue is still necessary. Add to that the fact that, ratio-wise, more driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests involve motorcycle riders than car drivers, and you have a scary situation.
Over the past few decades, there have been countless statistics compiled relating to the subject of operating a vehicle while impaired. We'll be using a few of them while covering this topic. One common thread with most of these studies: over the years, their information has been consistent.
We need to understand a couple of facts first. Alcohol is measured by blood alcohol count (BAC), which is the amount of booze in one's blood system. Another thing is whether it is an average 12-ounce beer (not the high percentage type), 4-5 ounces of wine, or about 1 ounce of 80-proof alcohol. They all equal the same level in your blood system: 0.02 percent. In most states, the level of 0.05 is an offense that can lead to your arrest - that's just two and a half drinks in one hour, no matter what you're drinking. For those of you that say, "It's only beer," think again. Nearly 80 percent of all DWI arrests are of drivers that have only been drinking beer.

There is only one thing that can remove alcohol from your body - time. It takes an average of one hour for your body to process a drink (0.02 percent), - that's if you're in good physical condition. Ailments, medications, and age will increase that time, plus, it's a fact that it takes a little longer for a woman's body to process the same amount. Food will just make you full and drunk, coffee will make you drunk and awake, and cold showers will just make you wet. The only way to remove booze from your body is time, and at an average of one drink per hour.
To think or say that you can handle or hold your booze can be a big mistake.
Alcohol directly affects your mental judgment and vision. You need to remember that the booze goes into your blood system, which travels to your brain; hence, the effects are the same whether you think you can handle your drinking or not. Researchers have tested professional riders after one to two drinks within an hour. While they were more than capable of completing the single task of riding a motorcycle, as soon as an emergency evasive maneuver, such as a quick stop, swerve, or decreasing radius turn was required, their skills failed them due to the effects of the drinks consumed. If professional riders have problems adjusting to more than one task, how do you think the average rider would do under the same conditions?
Besides all the studies and research associated with alcohol and vehicles, there's the legal aspect to consider if you are arrested for the offense. These days, the costs of lawyers, court fees, fines, restricted licenses, insurance increases, and other expenses - even for first time offenders - can be an extreme burden to deal with. Forget about the mental part of dealing with a relationship and being the guilty one.
So we know that booze and riding are a bad mix, but what will you do if the time comes when you're on your bike and there is an opportunity to drink? Or if you've had a couple drinks and you're on your bike, what would you do? Will you be smart enough to control your ego and know that you shouldn't take the risk to ride? Will you listen to the judgment of others if they tell you not to ride? Remember that alcohol affects our decision making process, so if folks say don't ride, listen to them.
What if you're with someone who has been drinking and plans to ride? Do whatever you can to keep him off his bike: stop his drinking, let time pass, and enlist the aid of friends. You may be saving his life or someone else's. Sure, his ego and lack of judgment will have him thinking differently and possibly make him difficult to deal with, but do what you can. Here's a simple tip I know that someone did: take bar napkins and stuff them into the spark plug caps. No damage to the bike, no spark, no start, no ride home. And if he has been drinking, the chances of him figuring out the problem may be slim.
Our safety is our responsibility, being responsible includes knowing not to drink and ride. Remember to separate the two, and when it comes to others, tell them to do the same. We all love the freedom of riding, but riding while under the influence can quickly take away that freedom or worse. Ride often, ride safe, and ride straight.


FREE Motorcycle Safety Seminar
Wednesday October 14th

Oyster Bay Library
89 E. Main St, Oyster Bay
PH# 516.922.1212


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Motorcyclists Tune Up​

We will be hosting a Motorcyclists Tune Up of information for motorcyclists to refresh themselves of skills and awareness needed for safer riding. This will be a non riding course (information only) that will review topics such as proper cornering, braking, general riding skills, group riding, street strategies, road awareness and more. The classes are also open to all drivers so they can become better informed on the needs of motorcyclists for awareness with Sharing the Road. This is a FREE Program.

Program presented by - Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program

Course Presenter - Don Gomo; President of ESMSEP, Safety Skills Columnist for American Iron Magazine and NYS MSF RiderCoach


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Long Island ABATE
is now having meetings in Nassau & Suffolk Counties. The Nassau meeting will be informational only and the Suffolk meeting will remain the primary meeting time.

NEXT MEETING IS Tuesday September 12th at the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District Meeting Hall Corner of Hawkins Ave & Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY
BBQ Dinner is at 6:30pm . Meeting starts at 7:30pm
Nassau Meeting (informal) will be Tuesday September 19th at the Marine Corps League 99 New York Ave Massapequa NY @ 7:30pm

Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program, Inc(ESMSEP) is a not for profit, 501(c)3 outreach education organization group of like minded motorcycle safety enthusiasts working towards the goal of promoting motorcycle awareness and the benefits of rider education through FREE informational seminars at libraries, adult continuing ed programs, dealerships, club/group meetings, rallies, etc. Our primary goal is to present the information to licensed motorcycle operators as to the importance of continuing rider education, but our information can also be extremely useful for newer riders as well. To date, there is no one in NYS that presently addresses what we do..

ESMSEP has a Member Benefit Program that includes discounted offers from our Sponsoring Partners. ESMSEP currently has 90+ Sponsoring Partners listed on our website that have joined our team with many of them offering a benefit offer for our membership that have pledge to support this new exciting venture. All of them are extremely supportive of our task and recognize the value of it for the motorcycling community plus the potential for future customers that appreciate their support of motorcycle safety. We have more sponsors than any other not for profit motorcycle organization in the country.

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