With the notorious Sturgis Motorcycle Rally approaching, bikers from around the country will soon flock to South Dakota and enjoy 10 days of biking-related festivities. In addition to the obvious riding that will take place, the fest brings food, music and general festivities. Needless to say, there will be plenty of beer available, but bikers should be especially wary of drinking and biking, lest they end up with a DUI.
There are several reasons why the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally might put bikers at risk of getting DUIs. Consider the following three reasons to be careful and avoid drinking and biking when you are at the festival. If you are charged with a DUI, consulting with a legal representative can help.
1. It is easy to drink too much
Simply put, when you are having fun, it is easy to drink too much and becoming intoxicated too quickly. At a festival like Sturgis, this is especially true. According to Ars Technica, it can be difficult to accurately gauge how intoxicated you are. You might measure your intoxication by comparing yourself to others, and when everybody around you is drinking, you might not realize that your BAC is above the legal limit.
2. An accident can be fatal
A drunk driver traveling in a car might have a collision and suffer injuries. A drunk motorcyclist may die if she or he gets into a collision. Without the surroundings of a vehicle to protect your body, you are extremely vulnerable to injury. Drinking makes it massively more likely that you will get into an accident. A DUI is not the worst consequence of drinking and driving.
3. You could lose your license
If you do receive a DUI and a conviction, you are liable to have your license suspended or revoked as a result. Other potential consequences of a DUI include jail time and fines. You should also consider the impact of a criminal record. With a conviction, you may have difficulty finding employment or housing.