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Safe 2 Sturgis is for Everyone on the Road

Safe 2 Sturgis is for Everyone on the Road

For Immediate Release: Jul 25 2018

Bismarck, ND – As motorcyclists travel through North Dakota headed to the 78th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota from August 3 through 12, it is important to remind all drivers to watch for increased traffic on the roads before and after the rally. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and regional partnering states like South Dakota and Wyoming will use banners at rest areas across these states, as well as social media, to promote the message of “Live to ride. Ride to live. Safe 2 Sturgis”.
In North Dakota in 2017, 82% of all reported motorcycle crashes resulted in injury or death. Of the 13 motorcycle fatalities last year,10 were not wearing helmets. Following these simple tips can help to save lives.
Tips for motorists to prevent a crash with a motorcyclist:
  • Look twice for motorcycles. Check all mirrors and blind spots when entering an intersection, changing lanes, passing or turning left.
  • Stay back. Motorcycles can stop more quickly than a vehicle.
  • Do not share the lane. Motorcycles have the same right-of-way as any other vehicle, including the full lane width.
  • Actively watch for motorcycles that may be hidden.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety on the roads by:
  • Wearing a DOT-compliant helmet and full protective gear. Compliant helmets are labeled with the DOT logo.
  • Wearing brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Taking a training course.
  • Obeying all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Using hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
  • Riding distraction free
  • Always riding sober
Every driver and passenger in North Dakota can help meet the Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads by taking personal responsibility when travelling.
Learn more about motorcycle safety and other traffic safety initiatives at
Information on motorcycle safety courses can be found at

Lead Agencies:

ND State Highway Patrol
ND Department of Health