Illinois Motorcycle Fatalities Climb 13 Percent

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- State figures show fatal motorcycle accidents are up 13 percent in Illinois.

The State Journal-Register reports there were 131 fatal motorcycle fatalities in 2010. That figure rose to 148 accidents in 2012.

Illinois State Police told the paper it's hard to find a single reason for the increase, especially since overall motorcycle collisions are declining.

Still, more people are riding as gas prices climb. In the past decade, there's been a 57 percent increase in the number of registered motorcyclists in Illinois.

Some experts say new riders may not be getting proper training.

Illinois is one of three states that doesn't have a helmet law. But the Governors Highway Safety Association says seven other states outpaced Illinois in fatalities during the first nine months of 2012.

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