WPR News
7:52 am
Wed August 8, 2007

Motorcycle Deaths on the Rise

Laramie, WY – The number of motorcyclists dying on Wyoming highways is increasing. Lorrie Pozarik is director of Injury Prevention Resources in Lander. She says motorcycle casualties are on the rise nationwide, and the public is often desensitized to those deaths.

Pozarik says an increase in older motorcyclists has contributed to the trend. She says older riders have the disposable income to buy a motorcycle but don't realize the change in reaction time that comes with aging. Wyoming is on pace for 20 motorcycle fatalities this year. The average number for each of the past five years was 16.