"More motorcycle riders are dying in crashes, and federal officials want to know why... ...The increase mirrors a rise in the number of motorcycles on the road. "
OK, am i the only one who didnt put two and two together??? Perhaps we need to eliminate NHTSA alltogether, as they dont seem to be getting it.
"In 1990, the average size of a motorcycle in a fatal crash was 769 cubic centimeters. In 1999, the average size was 922 cc."
Can we say Harley? Can we say Yuppie?
"41% of motorcyclists in fatal crashes were speeding, that almost 1/2 who died in single vehicle crashes were driving under the influence of alcohol, and that almost 1-in-6 motorcycle riders were driving without a valid license."
Ok, lets see here, speeding, alcohol, no license.. i GOT IT!!! Its the MOTORCYCLES that are dangerous!!!!
take away the speeding drunk squids and what do u got? oh wait, thats assuming that they were ALL on sportbikes... hmmm....
"Most of the increases in deaths occurred among motorcyclists at least 40 years old. Deaths among those aged 40 to 49 rose from 405 in 1997 to 567 in 1999, and those over 49 from 294 to 401 during the same two-year period."
Goldwings and Harleys no doubt?
"But the greatest number of fatalities remain among riders between the ages of 20 and 29, growing from 694 in 1997 to 758 in 1999"
Sportbikes? greatest number, but not the greatest increase. This may be the true message here.