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The year 2020 was the deadliest in a decade for motorcycle riders, OPP says

More than 40 people were killed in 2020, and four have already died in 2021, OPP says, as they urge riders to slow down Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Last year marked one of the worst motorcycle fatality seasons in more than 10 years, said provincial police this week.

There were 42 motorcyclists killed in 2020 on OPP-patrolled roads. In comparison, there were 27 fatalities in 2019.

The OPP has already responded to four fatal motorcycle collisions this year, and is urging riders and other motorists to avoid contributing to a repeat of last year’s statistics.

OPP collision investigators pointed to excessive speed and failing to yield right-of-way as lead contributing factors in the deaths. Two of this season's motorcycle fatalities are also linked to excessive speed.

“Aggressive and careless driving have no place on our roads, especially where motorcycles are involved,” said Chief Superintendent Rohan Thompson, commander, OPP Highway Safety Division. “The OPP urges motorcyclists and other drivers to share the road safely and be alert. 

“Motorcyclists are reminded to always ride responsibly, sober and drug-free, and to make themselves visible to other motorists. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Please help make it a safe riding season."

In 2020, 37 of the 42 fatal motorcycle crashes investigated by the OPP involved no other vehicles.  

Almost half (20) of last year's 42 motorcycle fatalities involved riders aged 55-74 years.