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Motorcycle fatals increase in Va.

July 16, 2010 by  

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.

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