WPR News
6:06 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Fatal motorcycle crashes continue to decrease

Laramie, WY – The number of motorcycle riders who died in crashes in Wyoming has dropped for two consecutive years. In 2009 there were 13 fatalities. That's the fewest motorcycle deaths since 2001. Wyoming does not require riders over the age of 18 to wear helmets. Susan McHenry manages the Wyoming Department of Transportation motorcycle safety program. She says that in almost every fatal crash, riders aren't wearing helmets.
"While the numbers go down it is still an important thing for people to be wearing the motorcycle helmets out there because like I said when you look at the motorists who are killed on motorcycles about three-fourths of them are not wearing helmets."
WyDOT reports that only 23 percent of riders in Wyoming wear helmets. McHenry says a campaign urging drivers to watch for motorcycles is also helping keep riders safe.