Police rev up presence prior to Sunday afternoon "Ride of the Century"

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by Alexander Schuster/ KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 1 at 10:17 AM

(KMOV.com) -- The “Ride of the Century” is set to begin this afternoon near the graffiti wall along the riverfront in downtown St. Louis.

Despite the deadly weekend for some motorcyclists, those in town for the ride are moving forward with their 2 p.m. start time for Sunday afternoon. The ride is an event organized by local motorcycle group “Streetfighterz.”

News 4 video from last year’s ride shows thousands of motorcycles overtaking Interstate 70. Some of the bikers do wheelies, ride on their handlebars and standing up, among other dangerous stunts. And, this all takes place along major roadways in the midst of traffic.

Police are expecting much of the same from this year’s “Ride of the Century.” As of last check, the Ride of the Century and Streetfighterz’s official Facebook event page has just over 2100 confirmed participants.

The major concern for local and state police is what to do when a group that large begins to drive recklessly. If motorcyclists begin to drive at high speeds, perform stunts, and weave in and out of traffic, officers tell News 4 that there is not much that can be done about it.

Area police do say that they are prepared to write tickets, setup checkpoints and even send letters to insurance companies. All of this in an effort to keep St. Louis drivers safe and to make sure stunt drivers do not get off the hook easily for careless traffic violations during the ride.

News 4 will have crews on the ground and in the air covering the “Ride of the Century” as it takes place. Stay tuned for updates on how the ride might affect your commute this Labor Day weekend.

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