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Club news: More restrictions on licensed motorcyclists will not reduce serious accidents


Publication date: 07 July 2015


The Swedish Motorcycle Association (SMC) has examined the statistics concerning rider fatalities in traffic accidents and concludes that more restrictions on licensed motorcyclists will not have a great impact on improving road safety.

The SMC notes that licensed motorcycle riders are statistically less likely to be involved in fatal motorcycle accidents. It is rather motorcycle riders without valid licenses that are more likely to be killed in motorcycle accidents. Further, new data suggests licensed drivers are more likely to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Meanwhile, licensed motorcyclists are less likely to go for a ride when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

However, an alarmingly large amount of motorcyclists do not have a valid license. It is common for riders without a license to get involved in fatal motorcycle accidents and this group is also more likely to ride a motorcycle they do not own while intoxicated.

 

Read the full article here (in Swedish)



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