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August 01, 2014 08:00 AM

SDHP Upping Interstate Enforcement This Weekend

From dawn to dusk, J&L Harley Davidson is a popular place for bikers to stop in ahead of the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Either people are needing service on their bikes or just want a break from their ride. It just goes to show how many people will be traveling through KELOLAND for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

"It's always really fun and interesting to see the variety of people, get to talk to them, see where they are riding from, and if this is there first time to the rally, or if they have done it many times," J&L Harley CFO Char Roth said. 

Each year J&L becomes a premiere stop for people, nationally and internationally, headed to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. A map is set up just for J&L to get an idea of where everyone calls home.

"We get them from all across the country; it's really fun to see when the board is filled up after the rally to see where they are all coming from," Roth said.

With the busy travel weekend ahead for Sturgis, law enforcement agencies across KELOLAND plan to be busy as well keeping people safe and crash free on the interstates.

"People traveling across will see law enforcement the entire way and just be aware of their driving habits, a lot of times people can be safe drivers, but they are a lot better if they think law enforcement officers are watching them, or in the area, or could see them," District Commander Captain Alan Welsh said.

Captain Welsh says different law enforcement agencies will be working together trying to keep the roads clear of crashes. It’s a part of the I-90/I-94 challenge. It's a program to have zero deaths across the country from Washington State to New York.

In South Dakota, cities and counties along I-90 and beyond are helping state troopers patrol the interstates.

"We've even brought troopers down from areas that are not stationed on I-90 and don't typically work I-90. I know there are troopers from Huron, Aberdeen, and Pierre, that will be down and working on I-90," District Commander Captain Alan Welsh said.

He says if the drivers stay alert, crashes, some that could turn deadly, won't happen. 

"Don't speed, don't be distracted, pay attention, and be wearing your seatbelt, and all those things people wish wouldn't have happened, won't happen," Captain Welsh said.

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