South Dakota authorities on Sunday reported the first itinerary of the crashes, the arrests and quoting fromn the western part of the state. The annual rally begins on Friday, drawing thousands of unmasked riders to the streets and bars of Sturgis.
While organizers said they expected fewer tourists than other years, Leader Argus reported an increase in arrests and citations compared to last year.
The Department of Public Safety reported that police made 84 arrests for driving under the influence or drug-related offenses over a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday morning. This is up from last year, when 76 people were arrested in a similar timeframe.
Police also issued more quotes, with 226 people fined. This is 37 more than last year. But it looks like the police have been less lenient this year and are leaving fewer people with warnings.
So far, police in the region have reported 18 accidents, down from last year’s figure of 20.
ShrugNow listed in the US, thousands of motorcyclists gathered this weekend in Sturgis for the largest bicycle gathering in the world.
“I’ve been here since early July,” someone from Sturgis told CBS News. “People get tired of being at home, you know. This is what the protest started about freedom.”
In June, city officials decided in an 8-1 vote to continue the rally, CBS’s KELO branch reported. In an email to CBS News, Christina Steele, the City of Sturgis Public Information Officer, said “the decision to hold the Race was made after hearing from thousands of attendees that they would be coming. to the event, even if it was canceled by the City of Sturgis. “
Over the years, a 10-day protest in the town of Sturgis has drawn hundreds of thousands of cyclists to socialize, drink, and party – arousing fears among some locals. that this year’s edition may be a super spread event.
Right now, the central north state is not the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – Meade County, where Sturgis is located, has only recorded one viral death, according to state health officials. But over the past two weeks, South Dakota has recorded an increase in the percentage of virus tests that give positive results – and former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told “Face The Nation” that a
“This has become ubiquitous nationwide and it could start infecting more rural communities, for the most part,” he said.
Some of the cyclists flocked to the area from far more distant states.
South Dakota, which displays the famous massive sculptures of four former presidents on Mount Rushmore – where President Donald Trump held his rally last month – is one of the few who has never ordered a lockout door or mask.
Attendees in Sturgis are being encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. It seems that very few people do so.
So far, when the town’s Main Street is filled with bicycles and the bars are packed with cyclists, there is little evidence of social exclusion. Visitors to the 80th edition of the cycling rally were far outnumbered by the 6,000 residents of Sturgis, crammed in the hills of South Dakota.
The rally has long turned into a huge economic boon for Sturgis, and suppliers took full advantage on Sunday.
They sell T-shirts that say “I survived the halo” or “God, gun and Trump” or wear pictures of the president wearing leather jackets and an obscene gesture.
While some locals were worried about the two-wheeled invaders, the state governor warmly hugged them.
“We are delighted for travelers to see what our great status has to offer!” tweeted Kristi Noem, a strong and Republican supporter of Trump.
Caitlin O’Kane contributed to this report.