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Death on Minnesota Roads: 2010 Motorcyclist Deaths Down and Crashes are Up

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As with the overall motor vehicle numbers, it was great to see less motorcyclist deaths on Minnesota highways in 2010. But, the number of injuries are up.In 2010, there were 1,377 crashes that involved at least one motorcycle. This represents a 4% increase from the previous year.

In 2010, there were 45 deaths which is down from 53 in 2009. Injuries increased 8% (from 1,200 to 1,296). As with motor vehicle deaths the greatest number of deaths are taking place in rural areas of the state.

For safety purposes it is also worth considering that most deaths are taking place in June and between 3 and 5 pm. Of those riders killed 35% tested positive for alcohol. Suggesting that any drinking and riding isn’t a good idea. A review of the law enforcement factors for the collisions shows speed playing a big role for the riders killed and inattentive driving as a cause with other vehicles.

In looking at the numbers, a couple of things are clear:

- Don’t drink and drive,

- Start seeing motorcycles and their smaller friends the mopeds, and

- and let’s make sure all drivers share the road!