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Water bottles promote safe driving during Sturgis

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The high number of car and motorcycle accidents during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are historically a harsh reminder for people to drive extra safe.   

To help motorists and bikers do just that, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety gave away free, collapsible, water bottles Saturday.

At the Tilford rest area in Piedmont, volunteers handed out hundreds of water bottles along with a reminder to drive safe.

Piedmont was one of two locations hosting the safe driving campaign, the other was in Sioux Falls.

Between both stations nearly 2,000 bottles were estimated to be given away.

Diane Thaler with Highway Safety says the idea started several years ago due to an increase in accidents.   

"There were a few years when we really had a number of fatalities and crashes of motorcyclists," said Thaler. "And we really don't want to see that in South Dakota so that's really what it was born from because we want to cut down on those crashes."  

For safe driving tips and information on South Dakota driving laws and regulations visit

SouthDakotaRides.com

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