Motorcycle fatalities on the riseMotorcycle deaths in Wisconsin are up more than 30-percent from this time in 2009.
By: Jules Miller, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Motorcycle deaths in Wisconsin are up more than 30-percent from this time in 2009.
Dennis Hughes is Chief of Safety Programs for the state Department of Transportation. He says the warmer, earlier spring has more bikers cruising about this year. He says as of last Friday, 16 deaths have been reported so far for 2010, compared to 12 deaths by the end of April last year.
Hughes says there's no one reason for the increase, but there are some common factors among this year's crashes. Many have occurred in rural areas, and mostly at highway speed. Most involve males, and the majority of crashes have happened during weekends.
Hughes says one new trend this year is age. In 2009, the average age of those killed in crashes was 46. This year, it's 36. And most of the victims weren't wearing helmets.