Surge in spring motorcycle fatalities in Oregon

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SALEM, Ore. — There have been 19 motorcycle fatalities so far this year in Oregon — more than twice the nine deaths last year in the same period through mid-June.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says many of the fatal crashes are due to unsafe riding — speeding, following too close and abrupt lane changes.

The department is urging motorcyclist to ride safely, and it's reminding all vehicle drivers to share the road with motorcycles.

There were a total of 33 motorcycle deaths in the state last year and 51 in 2012.