Police and The Sturgis Rally
Heavy police presence in Sturgis and on the highways
is why so many stolen motorcycles are recovered and
why there are so few alcohol-related traffic deaths.
You’ll start seeing an intense police presence as soon as you hit
the South Dakota state line. You’ll realize when you get to Sturgis
that you’ve never seen this many police anywhere in the world.
The following tips are offered to help you have an uninterrupted vacation:
Don’t drink and drive.
That’s why we started a biker campground in the first place – so you can party safely.
- Make certain you have photo identification with you.
- Make certain all the lights and safety devices are properly functioning on your vehicle.
Inspect your bike before you come to SD,
especially if you’ve purchased an older bike
and you know it has pieces of other motorcycles on it.
There will be motorcycle theft specialists here from all over the continent
who will walk around the towns’ streets and inspect serial numbers.
The law requires them to seize any motorcycle which has parts with inconsistent numbers
or if the serial numbers look like they’ve been altered.
If you have such a bike, either ride a different bike or be certain to bring along
written documentation to prove the legality of the inconsistent or altered-looking numbers.
- Do not, if you’re driving a 4-wheeled vehicle, hang anything from the mirror. Not even a crucifix or a thread.
- Check SD law if you have any questionable equipment.
This information has been gathered from the
We get a lot of questions concerning the Sturgis-Rally and the local Police, so here is a list of the most common laws that are violated on a regular basis, of which the Police Strictly Enforce. This is to help you, the public, become aware of these City Ordinances and State Laws so you can have a more enjoyable time while visiting here.
|Ordinance||Code||Bond Amt (1997)|
|Open Container In Public||#13.0155||$75.00|
|Deposit of Filth||#12.0601||$65.00|
|Disorderly Conduct||#13.0102||Custody Arrest|
|City Park Violations||#16.0507||$40.00|
|Dog Running at Large||#1.0209||$40.00|
|Parking in Handicapped Zone||(See State Violation)|
|Reckless Driving||#16.0218||Custody Arrest|
|Truck Routes Violations||#16.0222||Court Appearance Req.|
|Use of Mechanical & Electric Sound Amplification Device:||#13.0116||Court Appearance Req.|
|State Law||SDCL||Bond Amt (1997)|
|Violation of Restricted License||#32-12-74||$50.00|
|Revoked Drivers License||#32-12-65(1)||Custody Arrest|
|Furnish Alcohol to Minor||#35-9-1.1||$100.00|
|Open Container in Motor Vehicle||#35-1-9.1||$75.00|
Notice: The Sturgis Police Department has “ZERO” tolerance on all Drug Arrests no matter how small and will not relax charges on any violations of the following laws…
|Possession of Controlled Substance||#22-42-5||Custody Arrest|
|Possession of Drug Paraphernalia||#22-42A-3||$100.00|
|Possession of Marijuana||#22-42-6||Custody Arrest|
|Possession of Substances for High Abuse (Distribution):||#22-42-2||Custody Arrest|
Future Sturgis Rally Dates
August 2nd – 11th, 2019 (79th Sturgis Rally)
July 31st – August 9th, 2020 (80th Sturgis Rally)
August 6th – 15th, 2021 (81st Sturgis Rally)
August 5th – 14th, 2022 (82nd Sturgis Rally)
August 3rd – 13th, 2023 (83rd Sturgis Rally)
August 1st – 11th, 2024 (84th Sturgis Rally)
July 31st – 10th, 2025 (85th Sturgis Rally)
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