Speed a contributory factor in 49% of deadly crashes involving a motorcyclist
Alcohol was a factor in almost one third of fatal motorcycle crashes between 2008 and 2012, according to a new report.
Research by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) found that 29% of motorcyclists involved in deadly collisions had consumed alcohol.
A total of 96 lives were claimed in motorcycle collisions over the four-year period.
The report also revealed that:
Moyagh Murdock of the RSA said the findings highlight worrying behaviour among some motorcyclists.
"It’s critical that those who are seasoned bikers, as well as those who are new to this mode of transport, recognise their vulnerability on the roads and take appropriate measures, such as initial and advanced training, to ensure their safety," she said.
"Other road users also need to be aware of their responsibilities when sharing the roads with motorcyclists, particularly when exiting or entering a side road or turning right."
Garda chief superintendent Aidan Reid added: "We need to make better choices when we use the roads, no matter what mode of transport we’re using.
"If you’re a motorcyclist, reduce your speed, wear the appropriate personal protective equipment and high visibility gear, make yourself visible to other road-users and never ever drink and drive."