SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The population of South Dakota will increase by the hundreds of thousands this week with the start of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This means that more motorcyclists will be on the road in the coming weeks.
Shannon Orth has been a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrol for over 20 years. In good weather you will often find him patrolling this motorcycle.
“This is what I love to do, people love to see it too and surprise a lot of people,” said Private Shannon Orth.
As we get closer to the start of the rally, more and more people will be heading to the Racers Town for the annual event.
âWhether you’re on a bicycle, in a regular car, in a semi-trailer truck, you have to be careful with each other,â Orth said. âAs an ordinary motorist you have to keep the cell phone off, pay attention, check your mirrors and check blind spots, you have to turn your head and look at those blind spots. “
Another great reminder: Let other drivers know when you plan to turn or change lanes.
âThe turn signals are meant to be used before you make that lane change, not while you’re doing it,â Orth said.
Some tips for everyone on the road to travel safely.
“Go early, plan some extra time, be patient, it’s going to be a lot of people, there will be bikes, it’s going to take longer to go and get things done, so you’re going to have to be flexible in your plans and don’t be in a hurry, âOrth said.
You should also know the construction zones, because these zones can be saved.
The 81st motorcycle rally will take place from August 6 to 15.