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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is keeping South Dakota officials busy

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Motorcyclists from around the world are heading to the Black Hills for the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – and law enforcement officials have been preparing for the influx of traffic on the state's roadways.

More than 1 million people are expected to attend this week's rally, which begins Monday and runs through Sunday, KSFY reports.

And over the weekend, a steady flow of motorcyclists was seen winding through the curves on the highways leading to the Black Hills city of just under 7,000 people. There, motorcycle enthusiasts are gathering to celebrate bikes and the latest goods, as well as participate in races and shows planned throughout the week, the rally's website notes.

The rally adds to the economy of western South Dakota city, but also keeps law enforcement officials busy as the event is not immune to crime – and so far this year is no different.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said as of 6 a.m. Monday there were 80 DUI arrests, 41 felony drug arrests and six fatal accidents. Officials have also issued 668 citations and 2,002 warnings so far.

These numbers are slightly higher than at this point in last year's rally, which drew more than 400,000 attendees (see more above).

However, statistics show crime at the rally has been on a downward trend, Reuters reports. In 2014, there were seven felony drug arrests and 54 misdemeanor drug arrests during the duration of the rally, which was down from 56 felony drug arrests and 307 misdemeanor drug arrests in 2000, the publication notes.

Despite some illegal behavior so far, authorities say there is no indication there will be violence as an extension of the Waco, Texas, shootings earlier this year, where rival motorcycle gangs were involved in a deadly shootout that left nine people dead, The Associated Press reports.

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