Posted 8-9-18, Wyoming Department of Transportation (SUNDANCE) – The Wyoming and South Dakota Highway patrols, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Highway Traffic Safety Administration met at the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center near Sundance prior to the Wyoming Wednesday rally in the Hullet and Sundance communities in support of the National Highway Traffic Administration “NHTSA” Safe2Sturgis campaign.
This three-week campaign includes Wyoming’s neighboring states of North and South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah and Nevada and started as a grassroots effort to bring awareness to motorists of all kinds about sharing the road with motorcyclists during rally season.
Over 20,000 motorcyclists pass through the region during the weeks of July 29 through Aug. 15.
Since its inception, NHTSA and regional law enforcement have seen tremendous results from this campaign over the past three years. In 2015, the first year of this campaign there were 46 motorcycle fatalities in the region during this time period – seven in Wyoming and 15 in South Dakota. In 2017, 23 fatalities were reported – four in Wyoming and six in South Dakota.
In 2017, a little over half of those fatalities involved another car or truck. The other half resulted from running off the road, driver fatigue, risky behavior, rollovers/overturns, striking a curb, ditch or embankment.
NHTSA applauds the efforts of highway patrol and transportation departments in working collaboratively on messaging. Multiple safety reminders are used throughout the region. Motorists will see the same safety reminders on interstate and state highway variable messaging signs, banners, and social media outlets.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Major Keith Groeneweg spoke to a crowd of 40 patrol and highway department personnel. He stated that if “we can all save one life today” the efforts of the Safe2Sturgis campaign will be successful.