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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
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.
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