Local, state police prepare for thousands of stunt bike riders on I-70

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by Laura Hettiger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 4:17 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — As motorcycle stunt riders gather this weekend in St. Louis, authorities have words of warning to the riders: They’ll be watching.

Social networking websites are promoting the Streetfighterz Ride of the Century 2012, scheduled for Saturday in St. Louis. More than 2,000 people are expected.

The Missouri Department of Transportation called a press conference for Friday morning to discuss how local law enforcement plan to handle the event.

A similar ride took place in the St. Louis area last year. St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says police didn’t have advance notice of that event. Some of those riders frightened drivers on interstate highways with stunts such as zooming between cars and driving into traffic. Two bikers died during the event.

St. Louis City and County police will team up with officers from St. Charles, MoDOT, Illinois State Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol to monitor the weekend ride.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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