Deadly Year for Motorcyclists in Wisconsin

October 10, 2012

Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials say 2012 will be one of the deadliest years on record for motorcyclists.

So far, 102 people have died in motorcycle crashes this year, compared to 85 for all of 2011.

The figures show the average age of the victims has increased to 48, from 30 two decades ago.

State motorcycle safety manager Greg Patzer says older riders think they can just pick up where they left off as a younger rider, but that’s not a good idea. He says returning riders may have rusty skill in operating their bikes.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports 21 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in September, making it the deadliest September of the decade.



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  • October 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    Integrity Matters says:
    The article says "the figures show the average age of the victims has increased to 48, from 30 two decades ago." In doing the math, it seems like it is the same "group" of peo... read more
  • October 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    wvagt says:
    I agree, Kristy. I have a recurring nightmare about an elderly lady driving a silver Buick pulling away from a roadside yard sale. Talk about not paying attention!
  • October 11, 2012 at 8:31 am
    Kristy Corbett says:
    I would like to know if another vehicle was involved. I ride a motorcycle and most accidents seem to be by other vehicles not paying attention. Texting, talking on their cell ... read more
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