Start seeing motorcycles: 162 people died in motorcycle accidents in Illinois in 2017

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Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a plea to Illinois motorists: start seeing motorcycles.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Rauner joined safety advocates and officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation on Wednesday to start the annual campaign.

While motorcycles represent only 3% of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for 15% of traffic fatalities. There were 1,097 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2017, 162 were motorcyclists. That figure is up from 2016.

“The number of fatalities and injuries involving motorcycles is heading in the wrong direction,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “That’s unacceptable. By staying alert and extra vigilant, we can begin to reverse those trends.”

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