For only the second year since 1997, U.S. motorcyclist fatalities are projected to decrease in 2013, according to a new analysis of preliminary state data released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The number of deadly crashes in Ohio is down 19 percent from 2012 to 2013, according the Ohio State Highway Patrol. That's a bigger drop than the 12 percent a year earlier.
"We definitely want to be in full-alert to motorcycles and help reduce motorcycle-related fatalities and crashes," said Sgt. Vincent Shirey, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers are stepping up enforcement of traffic laws around motorcycles during the month of May. It's an effort to try and raise awareness to more motorcycles being on the road as the weather warms up. May is usually a high-crash month for bikers.
According to the Patrol, motorcyclists were at fault in 54 percent of crashes they were involved in and 66 percent of deadly crashes involving a motorcycle. 134 people were killed in Ohio in 132 motorcycle-involved crashes.
Another issue is impaired riding.
"From 2011 to 2013, 44 percent of all motorcycle-involved fatal crashes involved an impaired motorist," Shirey said.
The Highway Patrol's Cleveland District saw the highest number of motorcycle crashes from 2011 - 2013 with 3,255. That's nearly double the second highest district, Columbus, which saw 1,765.