98 killed on motorcycles in Colorado last year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado highway officials say 98 motorcycle riders and passengers died on state highways last year, a record.

The State Department of Transportation said Thursday motorcycle accidents accounted for 18 percent of Colorado traffic deaths in 2008, even though motorcycles made up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles.

The department says nearly 70 percent of the people killed on motorcycles weren't wearing helmets or were wearing them incorrectly.

CDOT says motorcyclists were found to be at fault in 80 percent of the fatal crashes, and 39 percent of the riders killed didn't have a motorcycle endorsement on their license or had no license at all.

The previous record for motorcycle fatalities was 90, set in 2007.

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