this photo from the 2008 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is posted at

Sturgis Rally's Start Prompts MN Reminder

The 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began Monday in Sturgis, S.D. Minnesota's Department of Public Safety noted August and September are typically high in motorcyclist deaths in the state, and the 27 riders killed so far this year are two more than at the same point in 2008.

The 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began Aug. 3 in Sturgis, S.D., and the Department of Public Safety in adjacent Minnesota marked the occasion by reminding motorcyclists that August and September are typically high in motorcyclist deaths in the state; the 27 riders killed so far this year are two more than at the same point in 2008; and a record 225,000 motorcycles are registered in Minnesota. The rally continues through Sunday.

The department also noted that "the most common factors attributed to motorcycle riders in crashes are speed, inexperience, inattention and impairment -— all within the rider's control. Motorcyclists should slow down, ride within their limits, stay focused and ride sober. Last year, 47 percent of riders killed had been using alcohol -— 42 percent were over the legal limit of .08."

Less than 5 percent of the motor vehicles registered in Minnesota are motorcycles, but motorcyclists were nearly 16 percent of the state's 455 motor vehicle fatalities last year, according to DPS.

Other motorists share responsibility for motorcyclists' safety. Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety, said nearly half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. "Watch carefully for motorcycle riders this weekend, and expect to see them throughout the summer and well into fall," she said last Friday.

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, an OTS program, offers riding tips and training for riders. Call 800-407-6677 or visit to enroll in a training course. Tips for riders to be more visible in traffic are available at

Download Center

  • Industrial Premium Library

    Empower your workforce with the manufacturing, industrial maintenance, operations, HSE, compliance, and professional development skills they need to complete their tasks efficiently and safely. Not only will you boost productivity, reliability, skills, and morale but you’ll also onboard faster, and retain your best employees while meeting regulatory standards. Vector Solutions offers over 1,800 award-winning eLearning courses designed to keep your employees safe, transfer knowledge of fundamentals, and develop industry and job-specific skills that reduce downtime, maintenance costs and more.

  • Safety Metrics & Insights Webinar

    EHS professionals have been tackling the subject of how to best measure performance for many years. Lagging indicators like the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) are a good place to start, but you shouldn’t forget about the leading indicators that your workforce does every day to prevent incidents from occurring. Learn about some of the most common KPIs of safety programs and how Vector EHS Management software can be used to track these metrics in this webinar.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively. Download this guide for details on risk matrix calculations including severity, probability, and risk assessment.

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2022

    September 2022


    • ESG
      EHS Will Guide Future ESG Success for Many Organizations
      Handling Material Handlers: Training Beyond PIT Requirements
      The Missing Link with EHS Software
      Noise Surveys from the Trenches
    View This Issue