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Alcohol and bikes don't mix well at Sturgis

As a biker, there may be no better destination or annual event than the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bikers from across the United States gather to compare bikes, beards and ink, as well as to enjoy concerts, poker and parties.

If you plan to go to Sturgis this summer, you probably know there is a great deal of alcohol involved in the biker rally, although the combination of alcohol and motorcycles can be deadly. And facing a driving under the influence (DUI) offense during the rally can impact not only your ability to ride, but also get back home once the festivities are over.

How much does alcohol decrease your chances of riding safely?

There is no guarantee of safety if you drink and drive. And those matters become escalated when riding a motorcycle.

If you plan to drink during Sturgis, be aware that:

  • Nearly 50% of all biker fatalities involve alcohol
  • Your chances of crashing are five times greater if you have been drinking
  • Your chances of crashing are 40 times greater with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than 0.05%

During last year's rally, there were 98 DUI-related arrests, among more than 450 citations. And while there were 28 accidents involving injuries, at least four people lost their lives.

If you drink at Sturgis, you would be wise to stay off your bike until you are sober and can drive safely. However, if you face DUI charges during the rally, you might want to explore your options for maintaining your driving privileges.

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