Special to the Journal
Atlanta – Georgia experienced slightly fewer motorcyclist fatalities in 2012 than in 2011, according to data made available by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Wednesday.
The release of the statewide data comes on the heels of a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association projecting that motorcyclist fatalities rose nationwide by 9 percent in 2012.
The GHSA report, based on nine months of data, projects that Georgia saw a 5 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities in 2012.
However, preliminary data compiled by the Georgia Department of Transportation for January 2012 through December of 2012 demonstrates otherwise.
The data show that the majority of motorcyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas and in the foothills of Georgia’s mountains.
Furthermore, over the two-year period, Fulton County saw the greatest number of motorcyclist fatalities statewide, and Dekalb County saw a significant increase in the number of motorcyclist fatalities from 2011 to 2012.