ST. PAUL -

Motorists are urged to use extra caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the road for the Fall Flood Run.

As many as 30,000 riders are expected to be traveling between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, September 17.

So far this season, 43 motorcyclists have died on Minnesota roads, compared to 61 rider deaths in 2015. While fatalities are down this year, riders and motorists are encouraged to continue sharing the road to prevent any more fatalities. Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials ask riders to take safety into their own hands and motorists to look twice for motorcyclists.

Law enforcement agencies in southeast Minnesota will be out patrolling the area during the event to ensure a safe riding environment. The Minnesota State Patrol will have troopers patrolling the area as well.

DPS offers the following safety tips:

Riders

  • Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding and keeping your speed in check.
  • Wear the gear. Motorcyclists should wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly colored protective gear for visibility and protection.
  • Don't drink and ride, 1/3 of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.

Motorists

  • Watch for motorcycles. Due to their smaller size, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge.
  • Always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes.
  • Give riders room and check blind spots
  • Pay attention and drive at safe speeds