The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is just one week away which means nearly 400,000 bikers will be hitting the roads for western South Dakota.
In light of two recent fatal motorcycle accidents in Sioux Falls, we wonder if riders are re-thinking their long journey out west.
Between gas prices, nice weather and the bike rally, numbers of bikers will double - if not triple - on the road this week.
Many would call the two most recent fatal accidents preventable, but it's giving them some pause.
"It just shows people are probably not as patient drivers anymore, they're more texting or on their cell phones just not paying attention. That's the shocking part about it," Chuck Limoges said.
Limoges has been riding for 30 years and now has a fiance who rides in back. Safety has always been a priority, of his along with being a defensive driver.
"If I'm coming onto an intersection, I'm looking at the person that's entering and making eye contact. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. You have to be prepared," Limoges said.
His fiance Jennifer said the most recent accidents, including one back in March, really made her think.
"Hearing of accidents over and over, you know these families are grieving and I don't want to put my family, or his, in that situation," Jennifer Forseth said.
They're on the fence about making the trip to Sturgis.
"You know you're going to hear of something happening and if we don't know, we're home safe. It's not a reason to stop going. It gives you more of a reason to waiver everything else in life, you have to make choices and priorities," Forseth said.
If the choice leads to a trip out west, this week, Jennifer knows the risk but she's in good hands.
"Every time I get on the bike, I know I'm taking additional risk in my life. Is it a reason to stop living and stop doing things you enjoy? No.But that's a risk I take," Forseth said.
When it comes to safety on the roads and interstates both in Sioux Falls and the rest of the state, Lt. Jerome Miller said it takes defensive driving of all motorists, not just drivers or those on motorcycles.
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