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Motorcycle collision deaths up in Washington State

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Washington State Patrol says deaths from motorcycle collisions are on the rise in Washington State.

Officers say they've seen a 25 percent increase in fatalities in the past month. They say the main reasons for crashes are people speeding and riding under the influence. They say 72 percent of all deadly collisions in the last three years were the rider's fault and 40 percent of riders did not go though state training classes.

"A lot of these motorcycles have a lot of horsepower and go very fast. And with the increase in the cost of fuel and more people riding motorcycles... So we're seeing a larger amount of people riding that don't have endorsements or don't have training," says Washington State Patrol Sgt. Matt Couchman.

Officers say people just need to slow down on the roads. They also say riders need to know their limits and should go through a safety program or riding skills course.