Motorcycle deaths up more than 17% this year

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State officials warn of a spike in motorcycle fatalities as reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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Preliminary data from which shows that as of August 15, deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17% compared to the same period last year.

There are more than 800,000 licensed motorcyclists in New York State.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars.

“The motorcycle riding season is winding down and with nice weather predicted for this long holiday weekend, we expect more traffic and more riders on the roads, so I am urging everyone to be responsible, pay attention, and slow down,” said Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. “We all play a part in keeping one another safe on our roads and it is up to every driver and rider to stop this alarming trend in motorcycle fatalities from continuing.”

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