South Dakota Highway Patrol urging drivers to prioritize safety

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says fatal crashes are up over previous years and urge drivers to make changes to prioritize safety.

54 fatal car accidents in South Dakota as of Monday, as opposed to 41 at the same time last year while fatal motorcycle crashes doubled over last year with 10 so far this year.

The Sturgis Rally is fast approaching which means more motorcyclists in addition to more vehicles on the road.  Seven fatalities at the rally alone in the past two years.

“This time of year you see the increase in motorcycle crashes, one of the biggest things we need to do as citizens here in the state of South Dakota is just be mindful and take that extra second,” said Lt. Zac Bader of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

This serves as a reminder to all drivers to be aware of surroundings, leave ample space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Always wear your seat belt and don’t text and drive, nor drink and drive, it’s the law.

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