Some Sturgis 2006 Stats

by on August 17, 2006
in Sturgis 2006

Here are a few stats regarding Sturgis this year, in case you’re interested. They’ve all come from articles in the Rapid City Journal.State level reporting: 259 DUI arrests in the Sturgis area during rally week, compared to 212 during the 2005 rally. 200 misdemeanor drug arrests and 35 felony drugs arrests, which are similar to last year’s numbers. 61 injury accidents and 17 noninjury accidents for the 2006 rally. There were five fatal accidents in the third district of the Highway Patrol, which includes Sturgis, Rapid City, the Southern Hills and the Badlands. In the Sturgis area, the Highway Patrol responded to three fatal accidents this year. It responded to two in 2005. County Level: The Meade County Sheriff’s Office reported one traffic fatality, and handled 1,217 calls for service throughout rally week, compared to 1,197 last year. The sheriff’s office reported 443 total arrests – which is down from last year – and no drug-related felonies. It handled 28 DUIs and made eight domestic-violence arrests. City Level: The Sturgis Police Department made 25 DUI arrests. Sturgis police responded to seven injury accidents and 38 noninjury accidents. The police department responded to no fatal accidents. The department had six confirmed stolen motorcycles. He reported 61 misdemeanor drug arrests, three felony drug arrests and 14 arrests for assault. Throughout Sturgis, the PD made 161 nontraffic arrests and 167 traffic arrests. They reported no further gang-related violence after the Aug. 8 shooting at Custer State Park, in which five people were injured.

One report from August 9 says a man was stabbed to death in an altercation on “Da Bus,” one of the event shuttle buses running near the Creekside Campground. And the aforementioned Journal reports that “bikers spent less money despite having more vendors to choose from,” citing a decline in gross sales evidenced by a decline in state sales and tourism taxes. A common theory suggests that area revenues are down because the rally is spreading outside of Sturgis and the immediate region.

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