St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Department of Public Safety says that motorcyclist deaths continue to spike this year for the state of Minnesota.
47 motorcyclist deaths to-date have surpassed the 2011 total of 42, according to the department.
With five deaths in the past week, rider deaths continue to rise in September with eight total deaths for the month.
DPS officials say that the early start to the rider season, as well as a record number of riders, combined with common crash factors, have propelled this year's increase in fatalities.
The highest number of motorcyclist deaths was in 1980 when 121 people were killed.
The leading crash factors each year for rider detahs are rider error, alcohol use and motorist failure to yield.
Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt