In a blatant disregard for their safety and the safety of others, motorcyclists commonly perform stunts in the middle of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, creating hazardous driving conditions and often causing accidents. It is common for riders to block highways as well as travel the wrong way on roadways and ride through grassy medians to evade law enforcement. During the 2012 event, group participants blocked I-70 in the downtown area in order to perform various stunts, unlawfully hindering interstate traffic.
Throughout the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement expects an increase in calls for service and on-view incidents connected to this event, as participants travel throughout the area. Motorcycles without proper registration and/or insurance, or motorcycles involved in the commission of other vehicle related violations will require the arrest of the operator as well as the towing of the motorcycle.
In an effort to combat this reckless and dangerous behavior, officers from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol will work together along with the Missouri Department of Transportation in a coordinated approach to keep riders and the motoring public safe.
Bottom-line, the St. Louis region is a great place to live. It welcomes groups of all types to enjoy all the city has to offer in a responsible and safe way without putting others at risk.
The message to motorcyclists visiting St. Louis this weekend: welcome, but obey the laws of the road.