Police warn drivers of motorcycles face an increased risk of death.
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Motorcycle deaths increased in Ontario

When the long winter ends, some Canadians love to get on a motorcycle and take to the road. But it can be a dangerous enterprise, says the provincial police force in the central province of Ontario.

Last year, 32 people died in motorcycle crashes on Ontario roads and that was a nine-year high. However the number of off-road vehicle deaths hit an 11-year low of 11 fatalities.

With a long weekend coming up May 16 to 18, police are warning that drivers of both motorcycles and off-road vehicles face a higher risk of death. This can be due to the lack of restraints, driver behaviour, speed and the loss of control.

The rate of highway accidents often goes up in Canada on long, holiday weekends as more people travel the roads.

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