Motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States continued to fall in 2010, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the district of Columbia.
Motorcyclist fatalities dropped by 2.4% during the first nine months of 2010 across the 48 states and the district of Columbia that reported monthly data for these months. most states have quite complete traffic fatality counts for this period.
Fatalities decreased substantially in the first quarter, decreased slightly in the second quarter, and rose slightly in the third quarter.
While fatality data for the final months of 2010 are less complete in some states, motorcyclist fatalities for the full year nationwide are expected to be 4,376 or fewer, a decrease of at least 2% from the 4,465 fatalities of 2009. About half the states are likely to have fewer motorcyclist fatalities in 2010 than in 2009, and about half are likely to have more.
States with decreased motorcyclist fatalities suggested several explanations, including: higher priority for motorcycle safety education, publicity, and enforcement; increased motorcyclist training; and poor cycling weather. States with increased fatalities cited more motorcycle travel, lower helmet use, and good cycling weather.the good news of 2010’s likely decrease in motorcyclist fatalities must be tempered with several disturbing observations.
First, 2010’s predicted 2% decrease is far less than 2009’s 16% decrease. Second, the decrease was concentrated in the early
months: fatalities dropped only slightly in the second quarter and rose in the third quarter. next, it’s highly likely that motorcycle travel is increasing as the economy improves. Finally, use of dOt-compliant motorcycle helmets dropped an alarming 13 percentage points in 2010. to prevent an increase in motorcyclist fatalities in 2011, states should work to increase helmet use, provide motorcycle operator training to all who need or seek it, and reduce motorcyclist alcohol impairment and speeding.
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