Rally Resources Lead to a Safer Sturgis

Every year, thousands of motorcycle riders, fanatics and friends flock to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the biggest motorcycle rally in the world. The winding roads of the Black Hills are congested with those coming and going for over a week. Between the parties, concerts and events, there’s opportunity for injuries, crashes and fatalities. And every year, the South Dakota Highway Patrol compiles data and puts out a report sharing those numbers. The report can give insight into the effect of safety efforts, areas of improvement, and the need for more patrol and other resources.

With over 525,000 motorized vehicles in attendance at the 10-day event, safety was a main priority. Even though attendance was up almost 14% from last year, crashes were about the same while fatalities and DUI arrests were down 20% and 16% respectively.

ItemSturgisRapid City DistrictDistrict TotalLast Year to Date
DUI Arrests10022122145
Misd Drug Arrests11635151241
Felony Drug Arrests7339112126
Total Citations100656615721334
Total Warnings2857146243193576
Cash Seized$1,862.00$1,796.00$3,658.00$18763.00
Vehicles Seized0007
For Drug Poss.0007
For Serial No.0000
Non-Injury Crashes26325050
Injury Crashes 26346056
Fatal Crashes2244
# of Fatalities2245

Putting on a safer rally isn’t without effort. Law enforcement in the Sturgis area made their presence obvious, spending the week patrolling the roads, stressing common sense and situation awareness for riders and drivers. Resources such as the South Dakota Rides Sturgis page also played a role, offering safety tips, rally resources, traffic updates and more.

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