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post #1 of 21 Old 09-10-2010, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Big drop in motorcycle deaths

The Detroit News, my old hometown newspaper, is reporting a 16% drop in motorcycle fatalities in 2009, the first reduction in over a decade.

Traffic deaths fall to lowest number since 1950 | detnews.com | The Detroit News

No real attempt to explain it though. I would assume it's due to less new riders due to the crap economy. Any thoughts?

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Agreed. I wonder how many people have moved out since this whole mess started a couple years ago...:beatnik:

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Could it be that most of the careless cagers have already hit one, and are a little more careful now?

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It's interesting - there is probably a correlation between a 47% drop in sales from 2008-2009, but no real research. I recently finished an article about the subject that is probably going to print in an upcoming issue of City bike, probably Dec or Jan. If you're in the bay area, pickup a free copy!
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Huge reduction in auto deaths also. I think it is mostly due to fewer people on the road. With fewer autos, less likelyhood of being hit by one, and add to that fewer cycles, and that people are familliar with the cycles they are on and it all drops.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say it has NOTHING to do with safer driving or riding or any safety equipment, and that as soon as the economy picks up again (positive thinking here) we will see an article a year later that reads....Auto Deaths increase 40%....highest increase in deaths in years. We'll also see....Motorcycle deaths increase 30%, new push to mandate helmet use considered.

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The reduction in deaths coincides with the fuel price spikes of last year..... I'd guess that the drop in deaths is linked to people not driving as fast, or lead-footin' around, but instead trying to use as little fuel as possible. The easiest way to conserve fuel is to drive less, which is probably why there are fewer deaths......cars didn't get magically safer, and people still suck at driving - they're just not doing it as much!

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The reduction in deaths coincides with the fuel price spikes of last year..... I'd guess that the drop in deaths is linked to people not driving as fast, or lead-footin' around, but instead trying to use as little fuel as possible. The easiest way to conserve fuel is to drive less, which is probably why there are fewer deaths......
Personally, fuel price is a non issue for me and my Wee. ...It gets such good mileage, I usually don't even look what it costs. What are you going to save, 25 cents?

My guess is the same as many others... It's the crap economy. Fewer new bikes, fewer new riders, etc.
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It's more of a cars thing - higher fuel cost/less cage drivers = less cars hitting motorcycles!

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It's prolly something to do with many of the things that have been highlighted above.

But a couple of points...has there been any substantial motorcycle safety legislation in the last year or two that could have affected the results ie: helmet laws introduced in some states that previously didn't have them? Over here in the Uk when a mandatory helmet law was introduce some years ago it more than halved the motorcycle death rate in just the first six months. That meant that around 1400 motorcyclists were still riding around enjoying their bikes in that first 6 months instead of being dead! Nearly 2800 over the year. It was staggering. This was not because people stopped riding their bikes either.

Shortly after the helmet law, nationwide compulsory motorcycle training for everyone was introduced. No one could ride a motorcycle without taking training first before going on the road. This also had a huge effect on the accident and death rate. As a result motorcycles have become more and more popular as each year has gone by. Yet accident and death rates have plummeted. Do you guys have compulsory training over there?

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I don't try to analyze these statistics. I figure if I'm around to read them, I'm one of the 'fewer fatalities'!
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