Law enforcement encouraging safety during ROT Rally

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN GUSKY

kvue.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 5:50 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Thousands of people are pulling into Central Texas to take part in the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally at the Expo Center in Travis County. Law enforcement officials are encouraging everyone to use patience and caution on the roads.

Motorcycle fatalities in Texas dropped by six percent last year. According to TxDOT, 460 people died, compared to 488 in 2011. More than half of those killed were not wearing helmets.

As for crashes, nearly 90 percent result in injury or death. Among fatal accidents, 56 percent occurred in Texas cities; 44 percent happen in rural areas.

"More people are in a hurry and not paying attention," said said Amanda Morris, a biker from Denton. "They don't look for the motorocycles at all -- at all. When they come over in your lane, they don't care that you're there. They think they own the road."

This weekend, Congress Avenue will shut down from Cesar Chavez to East 11th Street, along with the cross streets between Colorado and Brazos. Police also expect to close 6th Street between I-35 and Brazos due to the large number of pedestrians in the area.

Click here for a complete list of road closures happening over the ROT Rally weekend.

 

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