CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation says 13 people died in motorcycle crashes in the state in 2009, the lowest number of motorcycle fatalities since 2001. The department said this earlier week that the motorcycle death toll dropped in 2009 and 2008 after increasing in 2007. There were 19 fatalities in 2008 and 27 in 2007.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities nationwide declined in 2009 for the first time in 12 years. The association attributes the drop partly to the economic recession and a resulting decline in motorcycle travel and fewer beginning motorcyclists on the road.
WyDOT doesn't yet have 2009 estimates for motorcycle travel in the state. Motorcycle travel in Wyoming dropped 31% from 2007 to 2008.
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