April 2017
Issue 29 
Connecticut Motorcycle Facts

During 2016 there was an 8% increase in motorcycle crashes from 2015 on Connecticut roadways.

In 2015, there were 2,634 motorcycle collisions in Connecticut, with 54 crashes resulting in a fatality. In 2016, there were 2,849 motorcycle collisions with 48 resulting in a fatality.

The following statistics are according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):
  • Based on vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities.
  • Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were almost four times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day.

Ejection Status


A person cannot be considered "ejected" from a motorcycle or pickup truck bed. An ejection must be from a vehicle with a safety restraint system.

The category of Ejection from a motorcycle or bed of a pickup truck should be categorized as  "Not Applicable".  

Regional Collision Reconstruction Team


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and the University of Connecticut are starting a Regional Crash Reconstruction Unit (RCRU) committee. The RCRU committee will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss equipment, trends, and investigative techniques for serious and fatal collisions. The formation of this committee will enhance the ability of agencies' understanding and completion of NHTSA required documentation of fatal collision investigations.

Any officer or agency interested in participating in this program is asked to contact Chuck Grasso or Kevin Slater.
Documenting Trailers on the PR-1

When documenting a collision that involves a vehicle towing a trailer you must document the trailer information in the narrative of the report. In the case of a qualifying commercial vehicle collision, the commercial vehicle section of the report will have a separate section for trailer information.
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If you have any questions regarding this newsletter, the new MMUCC PR-1 or would like training assistance please contact:

Chuck Grasso

Kevin Slater