Dramatic surge in motorcycle fatalities this year

KARE 11 reports 17 motorcycle riders have died on Minnesota roads so far this year. That's compared to 10 this time last year. The Department of Public Safety hopes a safety campaign reminds motorists to "look twice" for motorcyclists.
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KARE 11 reports 17 motorcycle riders have died on Minnesota roads so far this year. That's compared to 10 this time last year. The Department of Public Safety hopes a safety campaign helps remind motorists to "look twice" for motorcyclists.

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