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GA sees fewer motorcycle fatalities in 2012

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GEORGIA (WRCB) -- While motorcycle deaths in the U.S. surge to a near record high, new figures show Georgia has seen a slight drop in fatalities.

The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reported new data shows the state had slightly fewer deadly motorcycle wrecks in 2012 than during 2011.

This comes as motorcycle related fatalities rose to nine percent across the country.

Officials say most of the fatalities in Georgia were in urban areas and in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains.

The increase is reportedly in part because warm weather lured more riders out on the road last spring, but also because of a long-term decline in helmet laws.

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