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Published July 28, 2011, 03:23 PM

MN Motorcyclist Deaths Up 30 Percent So Far This Year Over 2010

That's a 30 percent increase this year over last. In 2010, there were 17 deaths at this time, with a total of 45 deaths the whole year. That was a 53 percent drop from 2009.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

At least 22 motorcyclists have been killed on Minnesota roads so far this year, according to the Department of Public Safety.

That's a 30 percent increase this year over last. In 2010, there were 17 deaths at this time, with a total of 45 deaths the whole year. That was a 53 percent drop from 2009.

Riders aged 40-64 accounted for 64 percent of the deaths in 2010.

August and September are typically high-traffic and highly fatal months for riders.

By month: April (1); May (5); June (7); July (9, including 4 during July 20–21).

20 were motorcycle operators (19 males, one female); two were passengers (both female).

Five victims were wearing helmets (status of helmet use was reported only in 16 or the 22 deaths).

18 were age 40 or older; age range of all fatalities was 26 to 85.

13 fatal crashes occurred outside the seven-county metro area. Multiple deaths by county: Crow Wing, 2; Dakota, 2; Hennepin, 2; Nicollet, 2; Scott, 3; and, Washington, 2. One death occurred each in Carlton, Dodge, Houston, Itasca, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs, Olmsted, Rice and Winona.

Motorists are advised to watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic, and always look twice before turning or changing lanes.

Riders are advised to wear protective gear, travel at safe speeds, pay attention and ride sober. DPS advises that riders seek safety training at www.motorcyclesafety.org, wear high-visibility riding gear and watch for deer. Two riders have died this year in crashes with deer.

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