Louisiana bicycle deaths increase in 2012 - KLFY News 10

Louisiana bicycle deaths increase in 2012

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Twenty-four bicycle riders in Louisiana were killed in crashes in 2012, the highest number in a decade.

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the increase came in a year in which the number of motor vehicle drivers killed in crashes declined.

"Fatal crashes involving bicycle riders can vary greatly from year to year," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "We're not certain of why these swings occur, but we do know that many of the crashes between bike riders and motor vehicles could be avoided."

The LHSC says fatal crashes involving bikes are more likely to occur in evening hours. The LHSC also says a significant number of bicyclists' deaths involve alcohol. 

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