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Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Up 52% in 2021, Compared to Fatal Crashes in 2019

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is reminding motorists to stay alert in an ongoing effort to stop the rise in motorcycle crashes and fatalities.


Fatal motorcycle crashes were reportedly up 52% in 2021, with 201 deaths, when compared to 132 fatal crashes reported in 2019, according to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University of Albany’s Rockefeller College.

“The warmer spring weather means we’re welcoming more motorcyclists back to the roads. We want everyone to enjoy New York’s beautiful riding season, but to do so safely and responsibly,” said GTSC Chair and DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder.

The GTSC recommends for those who go out riding to: wear a DOT-approved helmet, wear high quality riding gear, be conspicuous, maintain your motorcycle properly, maintain a high level of awareness, and slow down.

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