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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as reported in USA today (see link below), highway fatalities rose in both 2012 and 2013. This is the first time since 2005 that fatalities have risen two years in a row. Also, between 2005 and 2011, traffic deaths fell 26%. Most startling in these new statistics was the rise in motorcycle deaths. About 5,000 motorcyclists died in 2012. This is 14.7% of all traffic fatalities.
Some of these deaths may be blamed on the fact that 31 states don’t require motorists to wear helmets. If you are a motorcyclist, please be careful driving in traffic and above all, WEAR A HELMET. I know wearing one does not give you the “wind in your face” experience of motorcycle riding, but it could save your life.
Source: USA Today, “In a sharp trend reversal, highway fatalities rise“, May 3, 2013.
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