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post #1 of 3 Old Apr 25th, 2013, 9:54 am Thread Starter
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Motorcycle deaths continue to climb

Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Climb: Report

WEDNESDAY, April 24 -- An estimated 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2012, an increase of about 9 percent from the previous year, a new report shows.

Last year's number of motorcyclist deaths is near an all-time high, and motorcyclists remain one of the few roadway user groups where no progress has been seen over the past decade, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report noted.

"In my state [Oregon], an improving economy and a longer window of nice weather meant there were more riders and riding days. The fatality increase is disheartening. Every motorcyclist deserves to arrive at their destination safely. These numbers represent real people -- they are family, friends and neighbors," Troy Costales, GHSA's immediate past chairman and head of Oregon's highway safety program, said in a GHSA news release.

The projected number of motorcyclist deaths for 2012 is based on state-by-state data for the first nine months of the year. Similar projections in previous years mirrored the final numbers.

Comparing the first nine months of 2011 and 2012, the report found that motorcyclist deaths increased in 34 states last year, decreased in 16 states and remained the same in the District of Columbia. Increases were seen in every region of the country and were quite high in many states. For example, motorcyclist deaths rose 32 percent in Oregon and 29 percent in Indiana.

With the economy improving, more people have disposable income for buying and riding motorcycles, the report noted. At the same time, high gas prices lead to more people buying fuel-efficient vehicles such as motorcycles.

The report also found a decrease in the number of states with laws that require all riders to wear helmets. That number is currently 19, down from 26 in 1997.

"All of the trends with motorcyclist deaths are really going in the wrong direction. This report is an urgent reminder that we must do more to address a problem that will only get worse with increased ridership. We are talking about 5,000 tragedies a year with no sign of progress," GHSA chairman Kendell Poole, director of Tennessee's highway safety program, said in the news release.

"The good news is that we know how to prevent crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities involving motorcycle riders and their passengers. There are effective strategies that, when implemented, can make a difference," he added.

The report outlined a number of ways to reduce motorcyclist deaths. These include: increasing helmet use; reducing speeding and impaired riding; providing rider training to all who need or want it; ensuring proper licensing of riders; and encouraging all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a motorcycle safety guide.

SOURCE: Governors Highway Safety Association, news release, April 24, 2013

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post #2 of 3 Old May 1st, 2013, 6:58 pm
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Re: Motorcycle deaths continue to climb

It is tragic, but you have to consider the numbers could be a little warped. Last year had a very very long riding season due to weather and droughts. Also have to consider how many people overestimated their tolerance for the heat and fatigue caused accidents. I would bet that this year 2013 will have a huge drop compared to 2012 and it will be due to weather. Considering they are still getting snow and a lot of it in many perts of country and here in the mid-west it has been cold and this April has been wettest in history here in Indiana. I am pretty sure that weather plays a lot bigger role in fatalities than the reports show.

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Re: Motorcycle deaths continue to climb

"....and encouraging all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists."


cud simply be that the more we ride the more opportunity we give cagers to hit us.


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