SD DOT: Traffic safety a necessity during 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakotans, more specifically those who reside in the Black Hills, hear it every year.

Traffic safety during the Rally is a necessity.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is reminding those who participate in the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to be safe.

The Rally began Friday and runs through Sunday, August 16. An increased number of motorists, all on different types of vehicles, will be traveling across the Black Hills and the state.

“The summer is always a busy traffic time, but the Sturgis Rally provides different challenges,” said Craig Price, the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety. “There are more motorcycles, more out-of-state vehicles and more drivers who are not as familiar with the narrow, winding roads in the Black Hills. Safety and awareness will be important factors for travelers.”

As of Thursday, August 6, there have been a total of 12 motorcycle fatalities in the state. That number is up seven from last year. There were three motorcycle fatalities that occurred during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For comparison, four deaths occurred during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Motorists are urged to follow the rules of the road.

More motorcycle safety tips can be found here.

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