Heavier than normal traffic during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally requires bikers and drivers to share the road for safety, officials with the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Office of Highway Safety caution.
Motorcycle traffic has increased since early summer and likely will continue to be heavy through the end of August. There has already been eight fatal crashes involving motorcycles this year. “Rally Time” puts thousands more motorcycles on the highways. Many of the fatal injury crashes involving motor cycles happen to inexperienced drivers.
The Highway Patrol reminds motorcyclists and motorists alike of the rules for sharing the road. Once again, it pays to follow a few safety tips.
- Motorcyclists should ride in single-file lines and avoid crowding he center line or crowding motorists.
- Motorists should remember not to crowd cycles. Motorcycles have the same rights on the road as motorists.
- Motorists and cyclists should follow the recommended speed limits. Motorcyclists should be especially aware of speed limits on curves.
- It is against the law to drink and drive. Motorists and cyclists must be sober when driving.
- Motorists, remember to buckle up. It’s the law.
- Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets.