We would like our website to do a better job of informing and educating motorcyclists, businesses and the general public about what we do. In an average year, we provide about 25 rides for impaired motorcyclists. In Minnesota, there are about 400,000 people with a motorcycle endorsement and over 250,000 registered motorcycles. Some weekends, we recieve no calls. Impaired riding remains one of the leading or contributing causes in motorcycle accident deaths. But beyond alcohol or drugs as an impairment, there are many other reasons why a motorcyclist or their passenger might be considered 'impaired' that has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. These other reasons might include medical conditions (diabetes), lack of sleep, dehydration, sunburn, insect bites, injuries, hypothermia or vision impairment (broken glasses/contact lens). We need an easier way for people to report interventions to us (an intervention is just as important as an actual pick-up since it serves the same purpose of preventing an impaired motorcyclists from riding). We would like to make our website more interactive as well as informative and integrate better with other forms of social media (Facebook and Twitter) and devices (cell phones and computers).
Motorcycle Dial-A-Ride is an all-volunteer 501c(3) Minnesota non-profit charitable organization that was established in 1990. We have a volunteer board of directors that meet monthly and manage the day-to-day operation of the organization. Currently we have 7 board members. We started out as a demonstration project by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) with an initial 3 years worth of funding. We currently recieve around $13,000 annually to be used for program promotional materials from the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Fund that is administered by the Department of Public Safety. The rest of our operating funds come from private donations from individuals or supportive motorcycle organizations. No one involved with the organization receives any compensation for their time or services.
We need to do a better job of informing and educating motorcyclists and their passengers about the deadly consequences of riding while impaired. We need to provide another way for people to let us know when a motorcyclist needs assistance. We need to find a more effective way for people to report interventions so that we can relay this information to the Department of Public Safety and to the motorcycling community so that we can justify their volunteer and financial support.
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