Motorcycle fatalities on the decline in New Jersey


Fatalities from motorcycle accidents are down in New Jersey, according to a report from the New Jersey State Police.

The report tallies accident statistics for 2009. The 68 people who died in motorcycle-related crashes that year, including one pedestrian, was down from 82 in 2008, 87 in 2007 and 103 in 2006.

The state sponsors a variety of safety programs credited with helping reduce fatalities. It operates and offers safety classes at 15 sites, mostly dealerships.

In a related matter, a state Assembly committee released a bill that would bolster safety measures for motorcyclists. Among other changes, the measure would include tiered licensing based on bike size. Riders would have to take an additional road test before moving up to a much larger motorcycle, according to the Courier Post.

The Senate has already approved the bill, which would also would require those under 18 to take a safety course as part of the licensing process.

Download the reporthere.

Posted by Holly Wagner