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South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds motorists of Sturgis traffic safety

PIERRE, South Dakota (KTIV)-  South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds those attending this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally not to forget about traffic safety.

The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12.

That means more motorists, driving different kinds of vehicles, traveling not just through the Black Hills, but throughout South Dakota.

As of Friday, Aug. 2, there have been five motorcycle fatalities in South Dakota this year, down from nine last year at the same time; this, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Motorcyclists and motorists alike are reminded of the rules for sharing the road:

  • Motorcyclists should ride in single-file lines and avoid crowding the centerline or crowding motorist.
  • 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 should make sure they have sober drivers.
  • Motorists should remember to buckle up, it’s the law.
  • Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear helmets.
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