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SD program aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe on roads

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According to the state's Motorcycle Safety Program, from the start of this year until now, 10 motorcyclists have died in South Dakota because of accidents. There's a fairly new tool aimed at trying to reduce those numbers.

You might be seeing even more bikers on the roads and it's not just because it's summer.

In just six days, the Sturgis Bike Rally officially starts and bikers have already started hitting the road.

"We were just in the hills this weekend and they're starting to roll in full force," Laura Snow said.

Laura Snow is the coordinator for the state's Motorcycle Safety Program. She wants all bikers to be safe on the roads. The program started last August.

Snow says with 10 bikers killed in the state since the beginning of the year, she has advice for drivers.

"Know that they (motorcyclists) are going to be out there. Don't just look once or twice. We never want to have someone use those deadly words of I didn't see him or her," Snow said.

And she says bikers can do their part too.

"Helmets are part of the protective gear and they serve as a great way to protect your head like gloves protect your hands, long pants protect your legs. It's all part of the package designed to protect you when you ride," Snow said.

So whether your on a bike or in a car, everyone can be safe.

"Especially right now with Sturgis traffic, they're going to be out there," Snow said.

Last year 14 bikers were killed in crashes in the state.

The program has a website with some resources including state laws, an interactive map, and safety tips for bikers.

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