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Rapid city officials begin preparations for the Motorcycle Rally

Updated September 18, 2018

According to reports, Rapid City has begun preparations for the upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which will take place less than 30 miles of Rapid City.

The transportation department, law enforcement department, and health care officials of Rapid City have all started concocting for an onslaught of traffic, injuries, and accidents that may occur during the upcoming annual motorcycle rally.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will begin on Friday, August 3rd and will go on till August 12th.

In an interview with Rapid City Journal, Darrell Shoemaker, communications coordinator of rapid City went on to state, “We advise all our city employees to be even more cautious as they’re doing their jobs.”

It was also revealed that in an attempt to increase safety, reduce speeds and ease traffic, the state Department of Transportation would be putting temporary signals and signs all over the Black Hills.

Speaking on the matter, Tony Mangan, the spokesperson for the State Department of Public Safety went on to say, “Like always, the highway patrol shall be out in full force during the rally.”

It was also announced by the agency that it would place sobriety checkpoints in Pennington, Butte, Meade and Fall River counties in August.

Mangan further added, “We really encourage individuals attending the rally to follow all basic safety things, like wearing your seatbelt, maintain speed limits, be ready to share the road, and not to get distracted.”

Marla Venjohn, who is coordinating the system’s rally planning revealed that Regional Health’s clinics, hospitals, and urgent care facilities are all preparing for a surge of patients that may get injured due to the rally.

She went on to say that, “Given with the past experiences,  The health system is expecting and preparing for neurosurgery and rally-related head trauma cases, to be fully prepared additional staff will be available.”

During the entire week of the rally, Regional Health’s urgent care center in Rapid City will have extended hours.

Venjohn said, “We hope that this will help our locals to be able to receive urgent care as an option if it is really required.”



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