What Parents Should Know About the Dangers of Drinking and Driving a Motorcycle

There is much appeal to driving a motorcycle.  People who ride cannot fully describe what it is like to be on a motorcycle, they can only tell you that it is not like driving any other vehicle. There is a connection to the motorcycle, almost an intimacy, because you must be in full control of the bike. You cannot be casual when you are driving a motorcycle, it is just too dangerous.

Driving A Motorcycle

Parents need to make sure their sons and daughters have experience and really know how to drive a motorcycle before they ever ride out in traffic. Riding a motorcycle requires perfect coordination and balance. You will use both hands and both feet at all times to shift gears, use the brakes and balance the machine. You need to understand how the road feels beneath the motorcycle when you drive to help you stay safe. Driving in certain conditions on a motorcycle is more dangerous than in a car.

With these things in mind, you can see why driving a motorcycle while intoxicated is a life threating choice. Because of their immaturity, young adults should be taught how dangerous it is to drink and drive; especially when driving a motorcycle. However, if your son or daughter has used bad judgment and is now facing a DUI charge, you need to contact a DUI attorney with the experience to help.
Driving Under The Influence
When you are under the influence of alcohol, your reaction time is much slower. When you respond to a situation, any situation, there is nearly a five second delay when you are intoxicated. While this may not seem like a very long time, a person can lose their life in less time if an accident occurs.
While intoxicated, your hand-eye coordination is adversely affected.  This can cause serious problems for someone driving a motorcycle that must use their hands to activate the brakes. Failure to use the braking system correctly can result in fatal injuries.
Intoxication leads to poor judgment. What may seem like a bad idea when you are sober, often becomes a “good” idea when you are intoxicated. This is one of the main reasons given by arrested drunk drivers for using excessive speeds. They simply believe it was a good idea to go that fast. Because the driver of a motorcycle does not have the physical protections of a car body surrounding them in the event of an accident, these actions can lead to serious harm or death.
California DUI Laws
If you are lucky enough to escape injury while driving intoxicated on your motorcycle, chances are you will be arrested.  It is easy to spot someone who is intoxicated while driving, especially on a motorcycle. If the fear of a fatal crash is not enough to make you reconsider driving, than maybe the penalties for such an act will.
In California, if you are arrested for DUI, you will serve jail time. First time offenders will spend a minimum of four days in jail, with a maximum penalty of six months. You will have high fines imposed on you, and you will lose your driving privileges for a period of time. Additionally, you will need special car insurance which will cause your rates to rise significantly.
If you are a repeat offender, the penalties will be much harsher, and you could see your life turn upside-down as you are required to serve a long jail sentence. You will also be required to install an ignition device on your car that checks your blood-alcohol content before it will allow you to start a car. Additionally, since you cannot install one of these devices on a motorcycle, you will lose your rights to drive a bike until your punishment is over.
It is important to remember that driving a motorcycle has additional responsibilities attached to it because of the potential for harm to the driver. It is important to follow the rules of the road while on your motorcycle, and never get on your bike if you have had anything to drink.
Paralegal Kelly Kovacic writes articles to keep the public informed of their rights. The Walnut Creek DUI attorney firm of Johnson and Johnson in California has built a solid reputation for aggressive and winning DUI defense. With well over 100 hours of DUI training from renowned experts in the field, these attorneys have the experience and skills you need to fight for your rights and help you reclaim your life.
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