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Motorcycle deaths up in Michigan

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Fatal crash image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc. 2014
Fatal crash image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc. 2014

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Motorcycle deaths are up in Michigan.

According to a report by the Michigan State Police released this week, in the first year Michigan has allowed bikers to ride without a helmet, the number of motorcycle deaths has jumped 18-percent.  The numbers show that five riders were killed without a helmet in 2011.  That number swelled to 55 in 2012.

Overall, traffic deaths in Michigan jumped 5.3-percent in 2012.

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