Motorcycles can be dangerous as is – without any substance abuse or roadway obstacles. If you decide to hop on your motorcycle after a few drinks, prepare for the consequences.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of cues they look for at night, which helps to target drunk drivers – especially those on motorcycles.
These cues signify there is a 50 percent or greater probability that the driver is intoxicated:
- Inattentive to surroundings
- Trouble with dismount
- Drifting during turn or curve
- Trouble with balance at a stop
- Inappropriate or unusual behavior (e.g., carrying or dropping object, urinating at roadside, disorderly conduct, etc.)
- Turning problems (e.g., unsteady, sudden corrections, late braking, improper lean angle)
These cues signify there is a 30 to 50 percent probability that the driver is intoxicated:
- Running stop light or sign
- Operating without lights at night
- Following too closely
- Erratic movements while going straight
- Wrong way
If you witness any of these motions by a motorcyclist, you should call 911 immediately. Attorney Chris Davis handles many DUI and motorcycle accidents. We support MADD Washington by donating $500 for each DUI case that is closed. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle crash or DUI collision, call Mr. Davis at Davis Law Group, P.S., at (206) 727-4000 to schedule a free consultation.