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No Progress in Reducing U.S. Motorcycle Deaths: Report
Date:5/22/2012

ase. But, the experts pointed out, motorcycle deaths remain one of the few areas in highway safety where progress has stalled.

Troy Costales, GHSA chairman, also commented on the report. "It is disappointing that we are not making progress in motorcycle safety, particularly as fatalities involving other motorists continue to decline. As the study notes, the strengthening economy, high gas prices and the lack of all-rider helmet laws leave me concerned about the final numbers for 2011 and 2012. Every motorcyclist deserves to arrive at their destination safely. These fatality figures represent real people -- they are family, friends and neighbors," Costales 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, if implemented, can make a difference," Costales added.

Specifically, the report recommends states address five motorcycle safety issues: increase helmet use; reduce alcohol impairment; reduce speeding; provide motorcycle training for all who need or seek it; encourage all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about motorcycle safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Governors Highway Safety Association, news release, May 22, 2012


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