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Oklahoma motorcyclist deaths down in 2010


Remain vigilant and stay safe on that bike, says Governors Highway Safety Association

Gazette staff May 4th, 2011

In the first nine months of 2010, motorcycle traffic fatalities in Oklahoma numbered 58, down significantly from 83 in the same period in 2009.

The numbers mirror an overall decline nationwide, according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Nationally, motorcycle fatalities decreased by at least 2 percent last year. However, a slight increase toward the end of 2010 gives officials pause.

“While there is a lot of good news in this report, the increase in fatalities toward the end of year is a clear red flag,” said Vernon Betkey, GHSA chairman. “Just like with overall traffic deaths, a strengthening economy presents us with the potential for more tragedy on our roads.”

To that end, GHSA pledges to focuses its safety efforts on:

—increasing helmet use;
—reducing alcohol impairment;
—reducing speeding; and
—providing motorcycle operator training. —Gazette staff

 
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