Oregon Motorcycle Crash Fatalities Decline
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The good news, out Wednesday, is the number of Oregon motorcycle crash fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 2004; the bad news is that 38 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2010, according to preliminary data from the Oregon Department of Transportation.Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed May 2011 “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in Oregon. Oregon is joining with motorcycle organizations and other federal, state and local highway safety and law enforcement organizations to raise awareness about motorcycle safety.A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that motorcycle fatalities declined in 2010 by at least 2 percent. GHSA is projecting declines in approximately half of the states, with Oregon mentioned specifically as having a notable decline.ODOT Transportation Safety Division Administrator and GHSA Vice Chair Troy Costales credits Oregon’s strong training program and new law…………… continues on KTVZ
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Police Stress Motorcycle Safety
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With gas prices on the rise, some drivers are turning to motorcycles as a way to save money at the pump, but those savings also come some dangers.

The area has seen a rise in motorcycle accidents recently.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents are on the rise nationally and a fatal crash on a motorcycle is 35 times more likely than a fatal accident in a car.

Safety officials stress that there are some things riders can do to protect themselves, including common sense advice such as wearing a helmet and never riding drunk.

Those things are just as important as proper motorcycle training.

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