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Reduced attendance at this years Rally allowed police officers to patrol and monitor more thoroughly than in years past.
Reduced attendance at this years Rally allowed police officers to patrol and monitor more thoroughly than in years past.
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August 17, 2016

2016 Rally Sees Less Traffic, Higher Traffic Citations

The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally saw a 39% decrease in traffic, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The decrease in visitors corresponded to a decrease in injuries and fatalities for this year as well.  The reduced attendance allowed officers to patrol and monitor more throughout the week, which resulted in an increase in impaired driving arrests and traffic citations.   The South Dakota Department of Public Safety reported declines in every category of tracked law enforcement activities.  There was a small rise in crashes that involved animals, and felony arrests nearly doubled over last year.

For more information on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.

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