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Data shows motorcyclists driving drunk in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Accident data shows a high percentage of motorcycle fatalities in Illinois involve a rider who is drunk.

The statistics come from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The data is broken down by time of day and shows the highest number of motorcycle fatalities involving a drunken rider occurs between 6 and 9 p.m.

Twenty-four percent of motorcycle fatalities during that time involve a drunken rider.

By comparison, 11 percent of fatalities from crashes of all other types of vehicles involve a drunken driver during the same hours.

Transportation officials, the Illinois State Police and motorcycle safety advocates launched a campaign Thursday to remind people of the dangers of mixing alcohol with motorcycle riding.

Its slogan is "Ride sober or get pulled over."

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