|South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds those attending this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally not to forget about traffic safety.
The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. That means more motorists, driving different kinds of vehicles, traveling not just through the Black Hills, but throughout South Dakota.
“We encourage drivers to focus on traffic safety all the time, but this is a different kind of week,” said Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller. “You have more motorcycles, more out-of-state vehicles and more drivers who may not have much experience traveling on the winding roads in the Black Hills.”
As of Friday, Aug. 2, there has been five motorcycle fatalities in South Dakota this year, down from nine last year at the same time. There were four fatalities recorded during the 2018 Sturgis Rally compared to eight in 2017.
August is traditionally the state’s highest vehicle fatality month each year. In the last five years, statistics show that most crashes in the Black Hills occur between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Rally attendees looking for real-time public safety information about the Sturgis Rally can also follow four Twitter sites at @SDPublicSafety, @SDHighwayPatrol, @SouthDakotaDOT and @RallyTraffic.
Motorcyclists and motorists alike are reminded of the rules for sharing the road:
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