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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Motorcycle fatals increase in Va.

By Washington Post editors

More motorcyclists are traveling Virginia's roads, and a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says that's contributed to an increase in fatal accidents involving motorcycles.

Since 2001, DMV spokeswoman Melanie Stokes says, motorcycle registration in Virginia has jumped by 105 percent.

According to the DMV, 38 motorcyclists were killed during the first six months of the year. That's a 19 percent increase from the same six-month period in 2009.

Virginia recorded 71 motorcycle deaths and 1,506 injuries for all of 2009.

Stokes said Wednesday that the state is continuing to educate new riders to ensure they're properly trained and license.

Search our database to see statistics on motorcycle deaths in the United States for the year 2008, the latest data available.

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Information from: The Daily News Leader, http://www.newsleader.com


By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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