Motorcycle Fatalities Rising in Mississippi

October 28, 2008

The motorcycle facility rate in Mississippi is rising at an alarming rate and safety instructors are looking at ways to lure motorists to certified motorcycle safety classes as a way to help reduce the number of deaths each year.

With 55 motorcycle fatalities in 2006, Mississippi led the nation in motorcycle-related deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles. The state had just 39 deaths in 2005.

Mississippi is one of two states without safety training requirements, merely requiring riders to pass a 25-question written exam and 15-20 minute driving exam administered by the Department of Public Safety in order to get a license.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

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