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Motorcycle deaths in New South Wales have risen sharply in 2005, with 31 motorcyclists dying in road crashes in the first four months of 2005. Up to mid-September 2005, another 15 motorcyclists have died. These deaths are those reported as occurring on 'roads or road-related areas'—a required element for a motor vehicle-related death in New South Wales to be recorded under the formal definition of road trauma. There are a number of additional deaths involving motorcyclists that occurred in areas not considered to be roads or road-related areas.