According to an American Forces Press article, “Motorcycle, Vehicle Accidents Dominate Off-Duty Summer Fatalities”, 37 service members of our armed forces have died in off-duty motor vehicle accidents since Memorial Day weekend.

The 101 Critical Days of Summer, which refers to the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, usually sees an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents and motor vehicle deaths. Of particular concern to officials this year is the higher than usual number of motorcycle deaths. Due to high fuel prices it seems that more and more of our service men are using motorcycles as a means of transportation. So far this year, of the 37 off-duty motor vehicle fatalities, 25 involved motorcycles.