Hawaii tallies 92 traffic-related fatalities as year winds down

Dec. 31—Traffic-related fatalities in Hawaii surpassed those of last year, but were not as high as in 2019, according to preliminary statistics from the state Department of Transportation.

Statewide, there were 92 traffic-related fatalities from the start of the year up to Wednesday—eight more than the same time period last year. The number does not include statistics from today.

To date, there have been nearly double the number of motorcycle-related fatalities and a few more pedestrian fatalities this year compared to last year.

Of the 92 fatalities from Jan. 1 to Wednesday, 31 involved motorcycles and scooters, 31 involved motor vehicle occupants, 25 involved pedestrians, four involved bicyclists, and one involved an ATV operator.

On Oahu, numerous traffic-related fatalities happened this month, including several that involved collisions between vehicles and motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.

There were also recent solo fatalities involving an electric bicycle and an electric unicycle.

On Monday

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Are motorcycle crashes up from last year?

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- A motorcycle crash took the life of a 69-year-old man from Vergennes, Vermont, on September 14, according to the Vermont State Police. Afterward, State Police took to social media saying motorcycle fatalities were up in the state 40% over a six-year average.

NEWS10 wondered if fatal motorcycle crashes in New York were also up, so we contacted multiple state agencies including the Department of Motor Vehicles and the New York State Police who directed us to the Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR).

Crash data, not only for motorcycles but automobiles, bicycles, pedestrians, and large trucks are available on the TSSR website.

Preliminary data showed there were more fatal motorcycle crashes during 2020 than 2019 in the state, according to the Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR). There

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Zero Motorcycles Launches Model Year 2022 S, DS, and DSR Motorcycles

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zero Motorcycles, the worldwide leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains, today announced the early release of Model Year 2022 S street motorcycles and DS, and DSR dual sport models. The release of these new models is to support the consistently high demand for Zero Motorcycles and the continued growth of the company’s dealer network.

The brand that defined the category of electric motorcycles continues to see demand that far outpaces the market appetite for internal combustion engine motorcycles. Though the overall demand for all powersports, particularly dual-sport models, has increased since the onset of lockdown restrictions in early 2020, demand for electric motorcycles has continued to spike upward even well into the calendar year 2021 riding season.

This continued drive to own Zero models has triggered the company’s decision to launch several models early to support demand while riders still enjoy agreeable weather nationwide. The

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Sturgis motorcycle rally is revving up in South Dakota and is likely to be bigger than last year, despite delta variant’s prevalence

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crowds of bikers are rumbling their way toward South Dakota’s Black Hills this week, raising fears that COVID-19 infections will be unleashed among the 700,000 people expected to show up at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The rally, which starts Friday, has become a haven for those eager to escape coronavirus precautions. Last year, the rally hardly slowed down, with roughly 460,000 people attending. Masks were mostly ditched as bikers crowded into bars, tattoo parlors and rock shows, offering a lesson in how massive gatherings could spread waves of the virus across the country.

From the archives (September 2020): Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota in August linked to more than 250,000 coronavirus cases, study finds

This year — the 81st iteration of the rally — is expected to be even bigger, drawing people from around the U.S. and beyond, despite concerns about the virus’ highly

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