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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

Monday, July 23, 2012 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

Iowa State Patrol Launches “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” Crackdown
Special Enforcement Targets Impaired Motorcycle Riders to Save Lives

Des Moines, Iowa – If you drink alcohol and then ride your motorcycle in Iowa this summer, beware.  The Iowa State Patrol is launching a special "Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired motorcycle riders and save more lives on our roadways.

The Iowa State Patrol says law enforcement will be zeroing in on major motorcycle rallies and popular bars where motorcyclists are consuming alcohol this summer -- to stop and arrest impaired riders.  Special patrols on major highways and roads, including Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, will be scheduled around the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally at the Iowa Speedway, July 25-28, 2012. 

“Motorcycle riders who drink and ride are a big problem,” said State Patrol Sergeant Scott Bright.  “Of the 55 motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes in Iowa during 2010, 25 percent had BAC levels of .08 or higher.  Thirty-three percent had BAC levels of .01 or above.”  Sergeant Bright said riding a motorcycle takes coordination, balance, and most importantly good judgment.  Drinking alcohol, more than any other single factor, can rob motorcyclists of the ability to think clearly and ride safely.

According to the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2010. Yet, motorcycles made up only three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2010 and accounted for only 0.6 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.

In 2010, 42 percent of the 1,921 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had BAC levels of .08 or higher.  That number jumps to 65 percent for those riders who were killed in single-vehicle crashes on weekend nights.  Nationally, the percentage of fatally injured motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 and higher was highest for the 40-44 age group (40 percent), followed by the 45-49 and 35-39 age groups (39 percent, respectively).

For more information on the Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement crackdown, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

For questions, please contact:
Sgt. Scott Bright
Iowa State Patrol
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319-0248
Phone: 515-745-2863
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over



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