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33 Riders Die in Crashes on Minnesota Roads

Minnesota motorcycle fatalities are climbing at a fast rate this summer. There have been 33 rider deaths as of Aug. 4, compared to 24 at the same time last year, according to preliminary reports. 

The majority of this year's deadly motorcycle crashes have involved only the motorcycle. Riders should take safety precautions every time they ride. Review safe riding tips and register for a training course​ if you can find one that works with your schedule.​

You booze. You cruise. You lose. Ride sober!


Riding a motorcycle requires 100 percent attention and relies heavily on your vision and judgement and your ability to identify and prioritize hazards and motor skills. That’s why riders should always ride sober.

Every year in Minnesota, about one-third of motorcyclists killed in crashes had been drinking. Having any alcohol in your system increases your chance of crashing. Ride sober, ride smart.

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Video Description: Motorcycle crash survivor Geri Katte shares her story after taking a nasty spill on I-35W. Expect the unexpected by always wearing your riding gear, and prepare for the unexpected by taking a riding training course.