Motorcycle deaths dropped sharply last year after hitting a peak in 2008.
That's according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, which found that motorcycle deaths plummeted 16% from January through September 2009.
The governors' report speculates that there were fewer novice drivers on the road since motorcycle sales cratered 42% in 2009.
The drop is good news considering that deaths had been climbing to an all-time high in 2008, when nearly 5,300 bikers were killed.
California posted the biggest drop in motorcycle deaths, with 133 fewer people killed. Florida was second with 111 fewer deaths in the first nine months of last year.
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