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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota public safety officials are urging drivers and motorcyclists to share the road as warm weather brings out the bikers.

The state recorded its first motorcycle fatal of the season Monday. A 27-year-old man died after his motorcycle left the road and struck a tree in Lake Elmo.

Officials say the summer-like weather means more motorcycles on the road. Rising gas prices also are making motorcycles more popular and affordable.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says drivers should watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic. Always look twice before turning or changing lanes.

Motorcyclists should wear protective gear, travel at safe speeds, and stay attentive and sober.

Preliminary figures indicate 41 motorcycle riders died in Minnesota in 2011.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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