The Winona County Sheriff’s Office reminds Winonans that Saturday, April 21, is the unofficial start of motorcycle season during the Spring Flood Run. The route takes riders along the Mississippi and St. Croix valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.
Motorists will need to use extra caution that weekend, with as many as 30,000 motorcyclists traveling to Winona for the event. Riders must be responsible and safe, and motorists are encouraged to always look twice for motorcycles. To ensure a safe weekend on the roads, the Minnesota State Patrol, Winona Police and the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, as well as other local police and county sheriff’s offices will be out along the route, with extra enforcement in some areas to combat distracted or impaired driving.
Motorists are advised to always look twice before entering roadways or changing lanes, and be aware that motorcycles, due to their smaller size, can be more difficult to anticipate. Always give riders room, and check blind spots. Motorcyclists are warned to always be prepared for inattentive drivers, always wear appropriate gear, including a DOT-approved helmet and brightly covered or reflective protective clothing, and never drink and ride. One-third of motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.
“Riders should be doing everything they can to prevent crashes and keep themselves safe on this and every ride,” said Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude. “That means always riding smart, wearing the gear and being aware that other drivers might not always see you. Taking those steps every ride could save a life.”