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So Far, Accidents Up and Drugs Down at this Year at Sturgis Rally

Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Celebrates Its 75th Year
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Halfway through the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that the number of accidents are up and the number of drug related citations are down from last year.

In a report of incidents in and around the Rally from from 6:00 Saturday, August 5 through 6:00 AM Tuesday August 8 there were 87 drug-related arrests compared with 103 by the same time last year.

DUI arrests, however, were up; 74 this year compared to 66 last year. Injury accidents were up too; 30 this year and 19 in 2016.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information August. 5 to 8, 2017.                    

  • DUI Arrests in 2017: 74. 2016: 66
  • Misdemeanor Drug Arrests in 2017: 71. 2016: 82
  • Felony Drug Arrests in 2017: 16. 2016: 21
  • Cash Seized in 2017: $1,108. 2016: $623
  • Vehicles Seized in 2017: 4. in 2016 6
  • Non-Injury Accidents in 2017: 22. 2016: 20
  • injury Accidents in 2017: 30. 2016 19
  • Fatal Accidents in 2017 1. 2016: 1
  • Number of Fatalities in 2017 1. 2016: 1
  • Total Citations in 2017: 468. 2016: 616

Source: South Dakota State Patrol

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