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More motorcycles mean more fatalities on GA roads

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

June 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Motorcycle fatalities have jumped a whopping 147 percent in six years in Georgia. The reason? More people are riding them.

The most common safety problem for motorcycles is that other driver's don't see them. With high gas prices convincing more motorists to turn in their cars for more fuel efficient motorcycles and scooters, drivers are being cautioned and new cyclists are encouraged to take a class.

"We certainly recommend especially novice motorcycle riders take a motorcycle safety riding class to improve their skills and to stay on low volume streets until they really improve those skills," said Michele DeMott, Albany Safe Communties Director.

In 2000, Albany had just 17 crashes involving motorcycles. That number rose to 43 in 2006.

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