Sundance – State Troopers from South Dakota and Wyoming made 24 arrests and issued 49 warnings during a joint enforcement operation Wednesday, August 7, on Interstate 90 between Sturgis, South Dakota, and Sundance, Wyoming and portions of S.D. Hwy 34 and U.S. Hwy 212.
With the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in full gear, the joint operation focused on criminal interdiction, speeding and drinking and driving. This is the first year South Dakota and Wyoming have joined together for the enforcement effort.
“The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a busy time for law enforcement every year,” Capt. Kevin Karley of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said. “The increase in traffic not only affects the Sturgis area, but our neighboring states see the increase too. This joint operation shows a cooperated partnership of South Dakota’s and Wyoming’s commitment to safe roads.”
Capt. Carl Clements of the Wyoming Highway Patrol said, “The joint operation increased law enforcement coverage and visibility during a high traffic portion of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The joint operation used a variety of messages via road signs to increase safe driving during the Devil’s Tower run.”
A total of 49 vehicles were stopped. There were no DUI arrests. The Troopers provided six physical aids to traveling motorists.
Totals for the operation included:
Speeding: three arrests, 11 warnings
License Plates violation: six warnings
Seatbelt violations: one arrest, three warnings
Handlebar Height violation: two arrests, eight warnings
Lights violation: one warning
Driver license, insurance or registration: one arrest, five warnings
Misdemeanor Possession of Drugs: seven arrests
Other moving violations: nine arrests, 13 warnings
Other non-moving violations: two warnings
Possession of Stolen Property, Grand Theft: one arrest
Additionally, the joint operation seized a stolen Colt 1911 stainless gun and produced one weapons charge.