2009 MN Motorcycle Fatalities Fall 29%

January 10, 2010


Mack Backlund
State Coordinator
ABATE of Minnesota

ABATE of Minnesota is Encouraged by Sharp Decline in Minnesota Motorcycle Fatalities for 2009

Recently the MN Department of Public Safety reported that preliminary numbers show that the 2009 motorcycle fatalities were down 29 percent from 2008. While every death on our roads is troubling, we view this downward trend significant as motorcycle ridership remains at an all-time high in Minnesota. ABATE of MN believes the steep drop is due in no small part to the increased motorist awareness campaigns, motorcycle training initiatives, and the increased accountability to those who drive in a negligent manor.

ABATE of Minnesota will continue to:
Promote motorcycle safety training, including beginner and experienced rider courses.
Promote motorist awareness of motorcyclists through our Share the Road program.
Promote increased penalties for motor vehicle operators who drive in a negligent manner and harm or kill others.

It is ABATE of Minnesota's hope that these efforts continue to serve as a foundation for increased awareness by all roadway users.