A drunk cyclist poses a traffic risk

A study made by the Finnish Road Safety Council shows that alcohol was involved in one out of three bicycling accidents that led to personal injuries. Accidents typically occurred on weekend nights. Drunk cyclists rarely used a helmet and thus suffered a head injury twice as often as sober cyclists.

Finns are surprisingly accepting of drunk biking. According the survey carried out by the Finnish Road Safety Council as many as 42% accept biking “while tipsy.” However, drunk biking is a crime under law. If a drunk cyclist endangers the safety of another person, he or she can be fined or sentenced to up to three months in jail.

Drunk cyclists have slower reaction times, more difficulties controlling their movements, and limited perception. Furthermore, they may take more risks. Drunk cyclists also often forget to wear a helmet. If you intend to drink alcohol, you should leave your bike at home to ensure not only your own safety, but also the safety of other road users.

Safety first in traffic

Everyone can make traffic safer by obeying traffic rules and using common sense. Cyclists should keep several important issues in mind:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • A bike lamp and reflectors are a cheap means of life insurance when biking at night and in low-light conditions.
  • Ensure that your bike is in good condition. Pay particular attention to the brakes.
  • Be aware of other road users and adjust your speed to your environment.
  • Predict and signal your turns.
  • Do not ride a bike if you have consumed alcohol.

Read more about safe cycling: Finnish Road Safety Council

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