The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report in October that showed a significant decline in the U.S. traffic death rate, during the first half of 2013. Fatalities through June dropped more than four percent, from 16,150 deaths to 15,470 fatalities.
The trend was positive, but the news wasn't been good for all motorists. A separate Governors Highway Safety Association report released last spring, based on nine months of figures, projected 5,000 fatalities among motorcyclists in 2012. California's motorcycle fatality rate slightly declined from 2011 to 2012. State officials attributed the limited deaths to mandatory helmets laws, strong enforcement and extensive consumer awareness and safety training programs.
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