Staying safe while driving in the Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. — There’s no doubt you’ve seen more motorcycles and cars out on the road, as the weather gets warmer.

Some of those riders and drivers may be first-timers, and their inexperience with the Black Hills roads will show.

Which brings us to the age-old advice, to drive defensively while paying attention to the road and obeying the speed limit could save a life, maybe yours.

“We are kind of in a unique situation being in South Dakota we have a lot of rural areas we have a lot of farming,” said Sgt. Scott Sitzes of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Due to that, kids are driving at a younger age and they are behind the wheel and they are driving things; you know they are driving tractors or their driving four-wheelers or UTV’s or something like that, and that’s actually beneficial for kids when they get their drivers license.”

When it comes to bikers visiting the region, or local riders unfamiliar with certain roads, it’s always important to follow speed limit signs and be cautious of sharp turns.

“One of the biggest messages from us is just slow down, be patient, maybe do some research on the area you are gonna go tour around and be safe/wear a helmet,” said Deputy David Riley of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Texting and driving is also a major cause for accidents and the sheriff’s office wants to remind is that it’s illegal to be on your phone while behind the wheel.

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