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Motorcycle Deaths Decline in Ohio

motorcycle_share_the_roadEven with more people saddling up in Ohio, the state is reporting a decline in motorcycle fatalities.

The Department of Public Safety in Ohio said that there have been 120 motorcycle fatalities since January. Ohio saw 154 motorcycle deaths during the same time period in 2010.

Ohio's drop in fatalities comes at a time when the number of registered motorcyclists is increasing at a rapid rate. Lindsey Bohrer, public information officer for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, told Journal News that Ohio has seen the number of motorcycle endorsements jump by more than 10,000 over the last two years.

Ohio currently has 711,000 motorcycle riders.

Ohio is happy to see the number of deaths decline, but motorcyclists in the state say that the number could be even lower.

"I believe a good amount of accidents could be prevented if people would take experienced rider courses," said Greg Bratfish, director of the Fairfield Harley Owners Group.  "You learn how to swerve and brake instead of panic, which is what happens most of the time."

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