Motorcycle crashes hit deadly milestone
100 fatalities in Wisconsin motorcycle crashes, the most in 17 years
December 3, 2003
A dramatic increase in the motorcycle death toll in 2003 has lead to a dubious distinction: 100 motorcyclists1 have lost their lives this year on Wisconsin roads, the most in 17 years.
Possible Wisconsin factors in 2003
An increase in vehicle miles of travel by motorcyclists statewide, due to warmer weather in late winter and early spring, or due to increased enthusiasm for riding.
An increase in motorcycle sales (new unit sales were up 68.2% from 1998-2002).
More motorcycle riders (Class M license endorsements up 23% from 1993-2002).
Helmet non-use. 75% of the victims were NOT wearing a helmet.