At a recent Public Forum on Motorcycle Safety, National Transportation Safety Board member Deborah Hersman reported that an increase in motorcycle fatalities is outpacing the growth of motorcycling. The NTSB reports that:
- In the past ten years, there’s been a 230% increase in fatalities of riders over 40.
- In the past ten years, there’s been a 540% rise in fatalities of riders over 50 riding bikes with 1,001-1,500 cc displacement.
- Larger engine displacement, riders taking up cycling later in life, and fewer riders wearing helmets contribute to these trends.
- in 2004, 41% of those killed in a solo motorcycle crash were legally drunk.
Bikers interviewed by AP, predictably, demanded “more data” and invoked Vietnam, rather than taking action to promote safe riding or sharing any sort of responsibility.