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2015 Tops Recent Years for Motorcycle Deaths

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ More motorcyclists died in Maine in 2015 than in any year during the previous two decades.

    The state finished the year with 32 motorcycle deaths, the most since 1991. Safety officials say there's no single factor that seems to be behind the spike.

    Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says mild weather that extended the riding season may have contributed to more cyclists being on the road. Ten of the deaths happened between September and December.

    John Kohler is the motorcycle safety program coordinator for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He says the biggest factors in fatalities were excessive speed, alcohol, lack of training _ and lack of a helmet.