According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation's (ConnDOT) Division of Highway Safety, in 2002, 40 percent of the state's motorcycle rider fatalities involved the use of alcohol. In fact, over the past five years, there has been a consistently high percentage of motorcycle rider crashes and fatalities that involved alcohol.
"Riding requires skill, quick reflexes and being keenly aware of your surroundings," said DOT Commissioner James F. Byrnes. "The skills required to safely ride a motorcycle simply can't be compromised in any way. Every time a rider drinks, and then rides a motorcycle, they compromise their life," he said.