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U. S. Motorcycle Fatalities Decrease for the First Time Since 1997

According to a recent study by the Governor's Highway Safety Association, motorcycle rider fatalities decreased by approximately 10% in 2009, the first such drop since 1997. Although the study did not document the cause of the reduction, participants speculated that the weakened U.S. economy has reduced the number of returning riders purchasing motorcycles and has also reduced the amount of leisure riding by existing motorcyclists. Other factors attributed to the decline in rider fatalities are persistent bad weather and increased rider education programs in certain states.

Source: RideLust

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