Be More Aware of Motorcycles During Sturgis Rally
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 4, 2017
The 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off this weekend, and local law enforcement is stepping up to mitigate the hazards that can come with extra motorcycles on the road.
Yellowstone is a popular side trip for those who attend the rally from around the country, so the number of vehicles that pass through our region goes up every year, particularly the week before and the week after the event in South Dakota.
Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker says their department is taking a three pronged approach to the extra motorcycle traffic.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is working with other agencies in the Rocky Mountain region on a campaign titled Safe 2 Sturgis. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness to motorcycle safety, and will start on July 29th and end on August 19th.
In 2016, 226 motorcycle crashes were reported in Wyoming, 24 of which were fatal. Wyoming averages three motorcycle fatalities per year during the Sturgis rally alone.