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New study finds Baby Boomer riders at risk

According to a new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the number of motorcyclists 45 and older killed in crashes nearly quadrupled from 2001 to 2005 (the last year for which data is available) in the state.

Crashes among the 45-and-over age group increased more than 60 percent during the study period, compared with a 6 percent drop in the number of crashes for younger motorcycle riders.

Younger bikers are still nearly three times as likely to be involved in a crash than their older counterparts and are more likely to be cited for hazardous actions, such as speeding, reckless driving and careless or negligent driving.

Baby Boomers account for nearly two-thirds of all motorcyclists in Michigan.

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