Drivers Urged to use Caution as Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets Underway
Sturgis, S.D. – The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. State transportation officials are expecting up to 600,000 bikers, and public safety officials are reminding bikers and other motorists to stay alert. Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says drivers should use seat belts and common sense, and follow the rules of the road.
In recent years, the most deadly rally was the 75th anniversary event in 2015, which drew a record 739,000 bikers and had 14 fatalities. Last year, the Highway Patrol reported a record-low three deaths. The rally began its 10-day run Friday, and the patrol reported a motorcycle fatality in the region Friday afternoon. A 24-year-old Iowa man was killed in a crash.