Deaths Up, Crashes Down at Sturgis

The number of fatal crashes and DUI arrests ballooned during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but the total number of crashes, felony arrests, and issued citations were down.

Through Sunday, Aug. 12, nine people had died as a result of crashes near the Sturgis rally. Last year, four fatalities were reported. Though the number of fatal accidents more than doubled, the total number of crashes this year dropped to 108. Injury crashes decreased 60 percent, to 50 this year.

During the rally, 251 DUI arrests were made, 16 more than the 235 reported last year. However, felony arrests and citations were both down. Thirty-six felony arrests were made — all but two coming from drug-related offenses. In 2011, 52 felony arrests were made. This year 1,189 tickets were issued, down from 1,267 the year before.

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