As the Sturgis Rally comes to town, motorcycle safety is a must


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HILL CITY, SD (KELO) – Within days of Sturgis, more and more motorcyclists are plying the roads of the state.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of motorcycles travel to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally.

Ken Farmer is from North Carolina. This is his 27th year in the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally. Farmer says the roads are congested.

“We got here on Monday and it wasn’t bad at all but they are coming in droves. You have a lot of people in RVs and trucks, pulling trailers for a motorcycle event, ”Farmer said.

Over the past few days there have been several motorcycle accidents.

“We had a fatal accident over the weekend, we even had accidents yesterday,” said Sgt. Scott Sitzes said.

Sgt. Scott Sitzes, of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, said with the increase in the number of motorcycles in the Black Hills, all drivers should take extra precautions.

This includes being aware of your surroundings and not speeding up.

“Motorcyclists are responsible for their own safety, so defensive riding is important. We’ve said before that the right of way doesn’t mean much if you get hit, ”Sgt. Sitzes said.

“Keep your mind on what you’re doing on the freeway, nothing else. You want to go sightseeing, get off the road then take pictures, then look. It’s the only thing you need to do to get home in one piece, ”Farmer said.

The South Dakota Highway Safety Bureau reports that each August during the motorcycle rally, South Dakota’s population grows by about 50 percent.

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