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Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 5:46 p.m.

Occasionally, a news story carries its own messages, and no further commentary is needed. Here's a recent one from Florida Associated Press wire:

"DAYTONA BEACH (AP) -- All five of the motorcyclists killed during the annual Biketoberfest were not wearing helmets at the time of their crashes, police said.

In addition to the fatalities during the four-day event, 29 other motorcyclists were admitted to Halifax Medical Center after crashes during the festival. Of those, 14 remained in intensive care Monday, according to hospital officials.

Alcohol was one of the primary contributors to the fatalities and that is "unacceptable," said Daytona Beach city commissioner Mike Shallow.

"We invite everybody into town," Shallow said. "We get them drunk and then we turn them loose on the community." This year's Biketoberfest was the second-deadliest in the event's history.

Said Bob Neville, a Harley-Davidson rider who traveled from Maine to attend the event: "You mix alcohol and motorcycles, and people are going to die."

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