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Research & Data


Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to serious or fatal injury when a crash occurs. Study findings should be useful to the state’s alcohol and highway safety community in the development of countermeasures that address the issues.


Research Notes & Reports

Motorcyclists & Alcohol Impaired Driving

motorcyclesIn 2013, a study by ITSMR found that motorcycle licenses, motorcycle registrations and the three-year moving averages for alcohol-related fatal and personal injury motorcycle crashes were all on a general upward trend during the five-year period, 2008-2012. The study further found that 27% of the fatal MC crashes and 3% of the personal injury MC crashes were alcohol-related.

Because MC licenses and registrations have been on a downward trend over the past few years, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) recently funded ITSMR to update its 2013 study. This 2019 study focused on police-reported fatal and personal injury (F&PI) motorcycle crashes, with an emphasis on alcohol-related F&PI motorcycle crashes, that occurred during the five-year period 2014-2018.

Key Findings

  • Over the five year period, 2014-2018, 26% of the fatal MC crashes were alcohol-related; less than 3% of the personal injury MC crashes were alcohol-related.
  • 51% of the impaired motorcyclists were ages 21-39; 46% of the impaired motorcyclists had “unsafe speed” reported as a contributing factor.
(Published November 2019)
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Motorcycle Crashes 2017-2021

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Motorcycle Crashes 2014-2018

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Motorcycle Crashes 2013-2018

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Motorcycle Crashes 2012-2016

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Discover more data in the Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR)

Developed to provide broader access to New York’s traffic safety data, the TSSR contains motor vehicle crash data obtained from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Accident Information System (AIS) over the past 10 years, including preliminary data for the current year.