Thousands of bikers are heading to Sturgis for the annual motorcycle rally that starts tomorrow. The extra bikes can lead to extra congestion on the road.
According to the Office of Highway Safety, 30 to 40 percent of all fatal bike crashes in West River Counties occur around the two-week period of the rally.
Last year there were six highway fatal crashes recorded in Rapid City in those two weeks, with 22 total deaths during the whole year. Over 450,000 people attended the rally last year. Bikers heading to Sturgis this year say it's important for bikers to ride defensively, but also should be able to share the highway with bikers, cars, and trucks.
“Just encourage them to keep their eyes open. They'll be a lot of bikers in the area and also just encourage bikers, you know, let's be courteous to one another. Cars have a right to the road also,” biker Kevin Smith said.
Some bikers say that safety can have nothing to do with driving. They say you should be hydrated, well-rested, and use plenty of sunscreen while riding.
We will hear from a guy driving his pickup across interstate 90 today, about what he is doing to watch out for the extra bikes coming up tonight on KELOLAND Weekend News at 10.