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A few safety notes about RAGBRAI

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July 20, 2012
WCPD Chief Brian Hughes , The Daily Freeman Journal

It seems RAGBRAI has been the talk of the town for several months and now it's just a few days away. During that time, several articles have been written describing this event and what it means to Webster City. I hope you're not tired of these articles because here is one more.

Having a safe and secure event is and has always been our main goal. However, there are several things for all of us to consider during this event. Thousands of people will be visiting Webster City and most have never been here before. It can be confusing when operating a bicycle or vehicle through an unfamiliar area especially when the roads are packed with traffic. All of us need to be extra careful when walking, biking or driving through town. These visitors are not familiar with our uncontrolled intersections, location of stop signs and problematic areas that we take for granted. Please remember, just because you have the right of way doesn't always mean the other person agrees with you. Let's be extra careful and do our best to avoid any unnecessary accidents.

Whenever a city our size experiences such a large influx of people there will be problems such as long lines at your local businesses, serious traffic congestion, scarce parking, road detours, etc. Navigating through town with a vehicle will resemble a reality game show instead of a quick minute ride through town. If you are going to operate your vehicle that day please take a minute and know your route ahead of time. Driving will not necessarily be quicker nor are you guaranteed to find a parking space. Remember, the use of ATVs, golf carts and gators on city streets is still prohibited except by authorized RAGBRAI personnel only. The preferred mode of transportation will be your bicycle or a long brisk walk.

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As if all this was not enough It looks like it's going to be a hot one too, with temperatures soaring into the 90s and lots of sunshine. This extreme weather will be taxing on the RAGBRAI bicyclists, vendors, volunteers, public safety professionals and other visitors. In other words, everybody. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke and quick tempers are just a few things all of us should keep in mind. Make sure you and those around you take the time and drink lots of water; hydration is the key.

Additional police officers have been contracted from across the State of Iowa to assist with this event. These officers will be directing traffic, patrolling campgrounds and providing security for the downtown area. Please remember all open container/alcohol laws will still be enforced. We are committed to making this a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. I believe this will be a great opportunity to show everyone why Webster City is a great place to live.

On behalf of the Webster City Police Department, I would like to thank all of you in advance for your cooperation and support.



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