Oregon motorcycle fatalities on pace with deadly 2015

2015 was the deadliest in decades for Oregon motorcyclists

Jeff Foley rides his motorcycle near his home in Mechanicville, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Last year was the deadliest in decades for Oregon motorcyclists and the death toll for 2016 is matching that pace.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 31 motorcyclists died on Oregon roads through July 7, putting the state on pace to match the 60 deaths from last year.

Older riders comprise a growing share of motorcyclists in fatal crashes. In 2004, 18 percent of riders killed were 55 or older, but that increased to 39 percent in 2014.

A spokesman a motorcycle training program based at Oregon State University says that’s partly a demographic shift. Patrick Hahn says fewer young people are riding and baby boomers aren’t giving it up.

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