Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Showed No Improvement Last Year
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NU Online News Service, May 22, 2:40 p.m. EDT

Preliminary data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia showed no improvement in motorcycle fatalities in 2011 despite a strengthening economy and rising gas prices, reports a new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Projecting from state fatality counts contributed during the first nine months of 2011, the GHSA says that motorcycle fatalities remained at 4,500 last year, the same level as in 2010. The study tracks statistics from January through September 2011.

The year has been kind to most other drivers, however, with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projecting that general motor vehicle fatalities declined by 1.7 percent in 2011, reaching their lowest levels since the late 1940s. Motorcycles seem to be one of the only highway safety areas in which safety statistics have not improved.

Motorcyclist fatalities have decreased in twenty-three states between 2010 and 2011. In Connecticut, the GHSA report says, motorcycle deaths declined by 37 percent, North Carolina reported a drop of 21 percent and New York a drop of 16 percent than the previous year. 

The reduction in fatal crashes in these states owes its success to better enforcement, education and engineering, says Barbara J. Fiala, commissioner of the New…………… continues on PropertyCasualty360

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Second “See Me Now” ride needs insurance
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Organizers planning a second “Can You See Me Now” mass motorcycle parade through the city face issues their first event last summer avoided — a city permit and private insurance for the event.

The city “missed some things last year” when at least 2,000 riders organized quickly for the Aug. 8 parade that came in the wake of a string of area motorcycle fatalities, police Deputy Chief Don Baxter said today.

For this summer’s parade planned for July 14, he said, organizers including Larry “Rainman” Edwards will have to pay a $ 25 permit fee and, at greater expense, purchase insurance to cover “the whole event — anything that can happen.”

Baxter said the police “support the event” and the effort behind it to raise awareness of motorcycle safety. The insurance, however, is required for the event to take place.

Edwards was not available for comment this morning.

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