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Virginia Driving Deaths Lowest in 40 Years

January 2, 2009 by · Comments Off on Virginia Driving Deaths Lowest in 40 Years 

Richmond – Virginia could set a record low for traffic fatalities in 2008.

Virginia State Police say 803 had died on Virginia’s roadways through Tuesday. That’s 218 fewer than 2007 and would be the least in more than 40 years the agency has tracked highway deaths.

The lowest number of deaths a year is 839, set in 1992.

One reason for the decline is a drop in motorcycle-related deaths. So far in 2008, 76 people have died in motorcycle wrecks, compared with 126 last year.

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Virginia ranks last nationally in alcohol-related motorcycle deaths

September 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on Virginia ranks last nationally in alcohol-related motorcycle deaths 

RICHMOND — Motorcyclists in Virginia are the worst in the nation when it comes to staying sober and staying alive, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“While other states are seeing decreases in the number of alcohol-related motorcycle fatalities in 2007, Virginia deaths are roaring to new levels,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Nationally, the number of traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired motorcyclists increased in 2007 by 7.5 percent, from 1,508 to 1,621 deaths compared to the prior year. In Virginia, traffic deaths attributed to impaired motorcyclists in 2007 increased 160 percent. Fifteen motorcyclists under the influence died in 2006 compared to 39 in 2007. The increase of 24 motorcyclist fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in Virginia was the largest in the nation.

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Va. motorcycle deaths decline

July 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va. motorcycle deaths decline 

RICHMOND, Va. – After motorcycle deaths reached a 10-year high last year, Virginia officials have made safety a priority for 2008.

Those efforts look like they’re paying off.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported preliminary numbers showing that half as many people died while riding motorcycles in the first five months of 2008 compared to the same time last year.

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Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths

July 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths 

RICHMOND, Va. – With the number of motorcycle-related deaths sharply on the rise, Virginia officials are looking to improve safety.

The state will launch a program called Motorcycle 411 at its motorcycle training range in Richmond on Tuesday.

The event coincides with national Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.

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New Report Examines Alarming Increase in Motorcycle Rider Deaths

June 18, 2008 by · Comments Off on New Report Examines Alarming Increase in Motorcycle Rider Deaths 

Explosion in motorcycle sales, training shortfalls, licensing issues, decline in helmet use are key issues

Washington, D.C.—Friday marks the official start of summer, and millions of Americans will hit the roads to head to their summer vacations. Unfortunately, for too many motorcyclists, this may also mark the beginning of another deadly summer. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) new report, Survey of the States: Motorcycle Safety Programs, examines the dramatic increase in motorcycle rider deaths and looks at programs states have undertaken to keep motorcyclists safe.

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