VC hosts “Riding Straight” alcohol awareness program for motorcyclists

On Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., Victoria College will offer “Riding Straight.” This free event will focus on the effects that alcohol and drugs have on a person’s ability to operate a motorcycle safely.

According to studies conducted by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a blood alcohol concentration as little as 0.05 percent increases the risk of a crash by 40 times. Research also shows that nearly half of all motorcyclists killed in crashes were using alcohol.

“VC is providing this event as a community service as we approach the holidays,” said Sherri Pall, director of VC Workforce & Continuing Education.

Maintaining an adequate safety margin is the key to safe motorcycle driving according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. This includes the ability to search for hazards, quickly evaluate any hazards and take appropriate action to maintain the margin of safety. Having any alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to maintain a margin of safety and increases the chance of an accident by five times.

In order to demonstrate the effect of using alcohol and driving a motorcycle, participants will have the opportunity to try out the “Fatal Vision Simulator Goggles,” which simulate the visual impairment of driving while intoxicated.

“While wearing the goggles, participants will be asked to perform a series of quick-reaction tasks that will highlight just how much their awareness and reaction time is impaired with the use of alcohol,” said Pall.

The course will be taught by Stephen Fuhrman, one of VC’s Motorcycle Safety “RiderCoaches,” who has been riding motorcycle for over 40 years.

“This topic remains critical because of the high number of motorcycle fatalities that are alcohol related,” Pall said. “We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and make it safely home to their families.”

The public is invited, and motorcyclists are especially encouraged to attend. Riding Straight will take place in the VC Health Sciences Center room 132. Door prizes will be given away.

 

posted on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 by Katy Long

Published: Monday, 05 December 2011
 

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