A few days ago, we told you the Canadian Motorcycle Association and Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada were backing a zero blood alcohol policy for riders, after seeing a press release issued by the Arrive Alive organization that said that.
After that story ran, we had some folks in the Soapbox saying that wasn’t the case. So, we called the MCC and CMA and here’s what they had to say.
The MCC said they did indeed back such a policy – for new riders. The MCC released a policy statement back in January that suggested that provinces look at many ways of making new riders safer, including other ideas as well, like graduated licensing.
The idea of having a zero BAC standard wasn’t a blanket statement for all riders, simply a suggestion for ways that provinces could keep new riders safer – some jurisdictions already have rules like this for new drivers.
““You have to put our message in context,” said MCC president Daniel H. Tessier. “Our focus is strictly on graduated licensing.”
And here’s what the CMA’s Marilynn Bastedo had to say about the press release:
“This release does deal with road safety policy and not competition activity. The CMA Standing Orders include in Article 13 – Road Safety, point 03 which states ‘The Association affirms a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to drinking and driving.’ We would support any initiative to assure that motorcyclists do not drink and ride.
“Concerning competition activities, as we discussed, CMA rules have always contained a prohibition on the consumption of alcohol by participants in events, as well as their support crews.”
We also contacted Arrive Alive but were unable to reach the individual we needed to talk to about the press release.