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August 14, 2013

Report: Indiana motorcycle, alcohol-related deaths up

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers say Indiana roads were more deadly last year for motorcyclists and for people driving after drinking.

The report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's Center for Criminal Justice Research found a 28 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities in 2012 over a year earlier. It says the state had 146 fatal collisions involving motorcycles or mopeds last year, resulting in 151 deaths.

The report found that overall there were more than 4,000 collisions involving motorcycles or mopeds, a 15 percent increase over 2011.

The report also found Indiana had 158 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2012, up 13 percent from a year earlier, when there were 140 fatalities.

The report also found the state's seatbelt use rate of 94 percent in 2012 was above the national average of 86 percent.

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