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(SD)-Stugis Rally Underway

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/04/2017 11:34 AM
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began its 10-day run today and state transportation officials are expecting between 500,000 and 600,000 bikers this year, and public safety officials are reminding bikers and other motorists to stay alert.

       Last year, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported a record-low 3 deaths. The most death recorded in recent years came during the 75th anniversary event in 2015, which drew a record 739,000 bikers. During that rally, 14 people died in motorcycle wrecks throughout the state.
 
    South Dakota Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl urges drivers to use seat belts and common sense, and to follow the rules of the road.


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