The AMA reports that a press release from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) was released that showed a 2% reduction in motorcycle fatalities in 2010. This study was based from data across 50 states and the District of Columbia.
While on the surface this seems like a good thing, there is a concern that the decrease was far less dramatic of a decrease over the 16% decrease from 2008 to 2009.
So why was the decrease not as dramatic as past years? It sounds reasonable to believe that an increase of risk potential could be a major contributing factor to the overall fatality number. 2010 lended a longer riding season than previous years. Add to that the rise in popularity in motorcycle riding and increasing gas prices.
I’d love to see this percentage go down. The numbers that I’d like to see added to this would be the overall number of motorcycle registrations and renewals of registrations there are to help compare the number of fatalities. In my experience, I believe riders are often times riding safer than before and I’d like to see that continue.