Colorado motorcycle deaths hit triple digits for 1st time

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DENVER (AP) -- A record number of people are believed to have died in motorcycle accidents in Colorado last year, surpassing the triple digit mark for the first time.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said preliminary data shows 106 motorcyclists died last year. That's nearly 12 percent more than in 2014 and 20 percent more than in 2013.

The data shows that 94 percent of those who died were men and that 40 percent of the deaths happened in Denver, Jefferson and El Paso counties.

CDOT is revamping its campaign to encourage riders to take safety training courses as the weather warms up. This year's Ride Wise campaign includes messages like "live free, die old" and "train for the wind, before you ride like it."

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