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BAC Levels and Rider Impairment

Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC is the amount of alcohol in relation to blood in your body. The more alcohol that is in your blood, the greater the BAC level as well as the degree of your mental and physical impairment. The three major factors in determining BAC are: the amount of alcohol you consume, how quickly you consumed it and your body weight. Other factors also contribute to the way alcohol affects your system. Your sex, physical condition and food intake are just a few that may cause your BAC level to be even higher.

Generally, alcohol can be eliminated in your body at the rate of about one drink per hour. However, alcohol may still accumulate in your body even if you are drinking at a rate of one drink per hour. Whether or not you are legally intoxicated is not the real issue. Impairment of your judgment and riding skills begin well below the legal limit. Above are the general effects of impairment at indicated BAC levels for a typical person.

Being In Shape to Ride

Alcohol is a major contributor to motorcycle crashes, particularly fatal crashes. Studies show that 40% to 45% of all riders killed in motorcycle crashes had been drinking. Only one-third of those riders had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limits. The rest had only a few drinks in their systems enough to impair their riding skills.

Riding a motorcycle is a demanding and complex task. Skilled riders operate their motorcycle by executing quick and skillful decisions as a result of paying attention to the ever-changing riding environment. Within minutes after being consumed, alcohol enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain, which begins to affect one’s ability to think clearly and make critical decisions. The major effect alcohol has is to slow down and impair bodily functions – both mental and physical. Whatever a person does, they will do less well after consuming alcohol. As little as one drink can have a significant effect on a rider’s ability to exercise good judgment and riding performance.

Eliminate the Risks

Your ability to judge how well you are riding is affected first. Although you may be performing more and more poorly, you think you are doing better and better. The result is that you ride confidently taking greater and greater risks. Greater risks that may get you and/or someone else killed! Eliminate any such risks by adopting the motto of Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. “If You Ride, Don’t Drink” or “If You Drink, Don’t Ride.”

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc., a non-profit 501C3 volunteer organization established in 1990 to educate Minnesota motorcyclists about the consequences of riding and drinking, to encourage the use of intervention methods to prevent impaired riders from riding, and to provide a safe free ride service to motorcyclists in Minnesota as a final intervention method.

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. provides a free service available in the state of Minnesota on weekends and holidays from 6:00 PM on Friday through midnight on Sunday starting the last weekend of April through the last weekend of October. Including the legal holidays of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Motorcyclists in the state of Minnesota who call the toll free number, 1-888 DIALRID(e) or 1-888-342- 5743 during the hours of service, Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride Inc. will dispatch a volunteer equipped to transport the motorcyclist, passenger, and their motorcycle from a public establishment to the rider’s home or local accommodation.

BAC Impairment  Men

BAC Impairment Women

Swallow Your Pride – Don’t Drink and Ride

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer organization established in 1990 to educate Minnesota motorcyclists about the consequences of riding and drinking, to encourage the use of intervention methods to prevent impaired riders from riding, and to provide free and safe transportation for impaired motorcyclists, their passengers and their motorcycle to their home or another safe location.

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. service is available throughout the entire state of Minnesota on weekends and holidays from 6:00 P.M. on Friday through bar closing time on Sunday nights. This free service is available from the last weekend in April through the last weekend in October and includes the legal holidays of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day when they fall during the week.

Motorcyclists in the state of Minnesota who need assistance can call the toll free number, 1-888 DIALRID(E) OR 1-888-342-5743 during the hours of service. The call will be answered by an experienced Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride Inc, board member who will locate and A closer inspection reveals major variance with regards to the breadth and scope of poker casino games , promotions, bonus offers, VIP loyalty rewards schemes, freerolls, satellites and much more. dispatch one of the over 500 volunteers state-wide. The volunteer will service the request for assistance by showing up in a vehicle towing a motorcycle trailer so that the motorcyclist, their passenger and their motorcycle can be transported safely.

Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. is supported by the efforts of ABATE of Minnesota, Inc. (American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education), other motorcycle organizations, businesses, and a group of over 500 volunteers statewide who help distribute promotional materials to over 600 bars, restaurants and service organizations throughout Minnesota. This entire volunteer organization operates under the theme of “Bikers helping fellow Bikers”. There is never a charge to any business or individual for the service although we do accept donations. A convenient way that many people contribute to Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. is through contributions made to the United Way, naming Dial-A-Ride as their designated charity.

While Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. acts responsibly by asking for the motorcyclist”s identification, proof of motorcycle ownership and written permission before we can transport people or vehicles, Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. keeps all such information confidential.

If you have any questions about the Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. program, need program materials, are interested in becoming a volunteer or board member, would like to attend our next board meeting or would like to make a tax deductible donation, please contact us and a board member will respond to you as soon as possible. A good source of information is our recently updated website at Contact us if you would like a Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride, Inc. board member to attend a meeting of your motorcycle group or club so that we can explain how our program works in more detail in person.

Make the phone call that can truly save lives – 1-888-DIALRID(E) or 1-888-342-5743

If You Ride, Don”t Drink! – or – If You Drink, Don”t Ride!