Preventing Impaired Riding

Drinking while riding was a factor in over a third of all motorcycle fatalities from 2012 to 2020. Because riding requires more skill and concentration than driving a four-wheeled vehicle, even relatively low levels of alcohol in the bloodstream (BAC) can be deadly: a rider with a BAC of 0.03 is three times more likely than a sober rider to be involved in a fatal crash. At the legal DUI limit of BAC 0.08, a rider’s fatality risk is 20 times higher than it would be if he/she were sober.

The decision to ride after drinking alcohol is a personal one; however, there are strategies that the rider community can use to help prevent impaired-riding crashes and protect other riders.


Made possible through a Texas Department of Transportation traffic safety grant, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have developed resources intended to reduce the number of impaired riding crashes.

Download the Motorcycle Stakeholder Tool Kit for Preventing Impaired Riding!

Impaired Riding: Chris’s Story

Drink. Ride. Consequences. (30-second promo)

Culture and Community

Leading by Example

How Does Alcohol Affect Riding?

Sober Rider

Downloadable Graphics

1. BAC of 0.03 (Version A)
2. BAC of 0.03 (Version B)
3. BAC of 0.05

4. BAC of 0.08