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Law Enforcement Targets 2016 Laughlin River Run

Posted by Shawn B. Hamp | Apr 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Police Agencies in Nevada and Arizona Step Up Enforcement During Annual Motorcycle Rally.

The 2016 Laughlin River Run will be held this year on April 27th to 30th.

The 34th annual Laughlin River Run is considered to be the largest motorcycle rally event on the west coast.  It take place every year along the Colorado River, across from Bullhead City, Arizona in the casino town of Laughlin, Nevada.

The event annually draws more than thirty thousand visitors and thousands of bikers.  Law enforcement will also be out in full force during this event with increased patrols.

2015 Police Arrests

Las Vegas Metro (the police agency that serves Laughlin Nevada) reported making 35 total arrest during last year's event and issued over 285 traffic citations.

Last year, the Bullhead City Police Department reported making 22 arrest and issued 67 traffic citations.  The Bullhead City Police Department also investigated an aggravated assault/stabbing incident at a local bar involving biker patrons.

Increased Law Enforcement Expected in Arizona.

Most of the biker events will be staged in Laughlin Nevada but many motorcyclist will be expected on scenic roadways in Northwest Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies annually have special patrols for this event.  Members of the Arizona State Gang Task Force, the Mohave County General Area Narcotic Enforcement Team, and the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force are expected to have special assignments during this week long event.

In addition to regular traffic enforcement and control, law enforcement agencies in Nevada and Arizona typically step up investigations and patrols to conduct DUI, Drug, Vehicle Theft, and Gang Enforcement investigations during the annual event.

UPDATE (5/24/16):

Bullhead City Police Department recently issued a press release with crime statistics from the 2016 River Run.

The statistics are from Wednesday, April 27th through Sunday, May 1st, 2016 in comparison to the same period in previous years.

2016 Bullhead City River Run Statistics

  • Calls to Dispatch: 633
  • Total Arrests: 34
  • DUIs: 3
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: 5 (1 Fatality)
  • Traffic Citations: 40
  • Narcotic Arrests: 3

About the Author

Shawn B. Hamp

President and lead counsel for The Hamp Law Offices, LLC (An Arizona Professional Corporation), Shawn Hamp has practiced law for more than 15 years with an emphasis in criminal law. An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Hamp has been lead counsel in hundreds of criminal trials and court...


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