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Amy Parmenter
Public Affairs Manager, CT
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New Report Indicates Motorcycle Deaths Down Nationwide

BUT...Connecticut Motorcycle Death Rate Higher Than Average

As we head into motorcycle season, a new report indicates that motorcycle deaths across the country were down slightly in 2017 but, in Connecticut, the number of motorcyclists killed last year represents a higher than average percentage of the total number of traffic fatalities, compared to most other states.

The new report, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, indicates that, based on preliminary data, motorcycle deaths nationwide were down 5.6% in 2017 compared to 2016 – but in Connecticut, there was a drop of less than 2%.

“Motorcycle fatalities are a significant issue here in Connecticut, even more so than in most other states,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “There have been three fatalities just this past week”.

There have been more than 250 motorcyclists killed on Connecticut roadways in the past 5 years.

  • According to the GHSA report, nationwide, motorcycle deaths represent about 14% of all traffic fatalities. Here in Connecticut, motorcycle deaths represent 17.7% of all traffic fatalities, the 9th highest percentage of all states. 
  • According to the National Highway Safety Administration, per mile driven, motorcyclists have a fatality rate 28 times higher than passenger vehicles.


“There is no law in Connecticut requiring adult riders to wear a helmet but that statistic alone should be enough to encourage them to do so. Helmets save lives”, Parmenter adds.

Don’t Drink and Drive

  • NHTSA research (2016) indicates that 25% of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve alcohol – more than any other type of vehicle.
  • NHTSA research indicates that number is as high as 37% for motorcyclists involved in single vehicle crashes

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With that in mind, here are...

AAA Tips for Motorcyclist Safety:

  • Always wear a Helmet – both drivers and passengers
  • Wear brightly colored/reflective protective gear so you can be seen
  • Don’t dodge between vehicles, maintain lane in traffic
  • Limit distractions
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

AAA Tips for Sharing the Road:

  • Limit distractions
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Be extra cautious, especially on weekends, when there are a disproportionate number of crashes
  • Allow motorcyclists more room; follow at least 3-4 seconds behind them
  • Never try to share a lane with a motorcyclist; they have the same right as drivers to the full lane.
  • Before changing lanes, check mirrors carefully. Motorcycles are often lost in blind spots because they are smaller and harder to see

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West Hartford, CT 06119

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Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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