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NC motorcycle deaths triple since '97

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in North Carolina has tripled in the last decade. The state Division of Motor Vehicles released figures Monday that show a 200 percent increase in deaths since 1997. Nationally, the number of deaths increased 140 percent. A record 183 people died in motorcycle accidents statewide last year, compared to 61 in 1997. Officials blame the increase in part on milder weather that extends the riding season. Motorcycles represent less than two percent of registered vehicles in North Carolina but account for almost 12 percent of traffic fatalities. Statewide, the number of motorcycle registrations increased 17 percent. A state law that took effect this year requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets that meet federal safety standards. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Another Reason...

Number of Vehicles in general added to the roads, Most accidents that are involving motorcycles, are with another vehicle. Look at those figures also, increase in passenger vehicles on the Roads, they have increased. But as in previous post, the current Fuel Prices are helping getting the bikes on the road. Cheaper Transportation, Inexperienced Riders, is probably some of the cause. Along with being under the influence of alcohol .. Check out this Website for additional Info. http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.6a6eaf83cf719ad24ec8... Now, can someone do a report on Price Gouging on gasoline and diesel? You know those prices on Fuel ventures have not gotten down them that quick in the Mornings....

MORE THAN ONE REASON

INSTEAD OF BLAMING IT ON THE WEATHER, HOW ABOUT LOOKING AT THE RISING COST OF FUEL..............