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Motorcycle crashes on the rise in Arizona

The number of people killed in motorcycle crashes has more than doubled over the past few years in Arizona.

According to numbers from the Governor Brewer's Office of Highway Safety, "motorcycle-crash deaths in Arizona rose 59 percent between 2010 and 2011. A total of 157 people were killed in motorcycle-related crashes in 2011, compared with 99 such fatalities in 2010."

Governor Brewer has ordered the GOHS and ADOT to come up with a range of strategies to turn the deadly trend around.

"At least it starts with the recommendation that drivers heed the advice and go get the training," said Doug Nintzel with ADOT. "We don't have anything yet that would be the incentive, but we are certaintly looking into that."

He says the state's public safety agencies will work this year with other safety organizations and stakeholders to update the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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