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One way car and truck drivers can be safe around motorcycles is to simply exercise more caution and never tailgate a motorcycle. Submitted photo.

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More motorcycles means more tragedies

Data show increase in staatewide biker fatalities

Motorcycle registrations are on the rise in New York State tothe tune of a 13 percent increase over the past five years, according to the state Department of Transportation. Census data shows the state is home to over 345,000 registered motorcycles as of 2009. At that time, there were nearly 7.9 million motorcycles registered nationally.

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