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Riders take to the road in annual Spring Flood Run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) – The annual “Spring Flood Run” will mark the unofficial beginning of motorcycle riding season in Minnesota on Saturday.

Up to 30,000 riders will hit the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging motorists to look twice for motorcycles throughout the riding season. Troopers said the first motorcyclist death has already been reported this year in the state.
To ensure a safe riding environment, law enforcement will be stepping up its patrols. They will be especially targeting speeding and impaired riding.

“All it takes is one bad decision for our roads to turn deadly,” said Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol. “In many cases, that bad decision occurs when someone decides to get on a motorcycle after a drinking or drivers fail to yield the right-of-way.”

Preliminary reports show 60 riders died on Minnesota roads in 2013, which accounted for 16 percent of all Minnesota traffic deaths.
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