Estimates place River Run participation down slightly

May 8, 2019

LAUGHLIN — The recent Laughlin River Run kept area law enforcement agencies busy, but not any busier than they expected.

That was the word from Lt. Jeff Hewes, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Laughlin Substation. Hewes said no major issues were reported from this year’s run, the 37th edition of the annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.

“Arrests were about the same,” Hews said. “Citations and DUI arrests were up a little, but nothing out of the ordinary. You’re going to experience that when a large group of people comes into the community.”

Overall, there were 293 traffic citations in Laughlin made by Metro during the course of the River Run with 33 total arrests. Thirteen of those arrests were DUIs. Seven were given on Saturday, the last day of official activities.

Hewes noted that the statistics were not base solely on motorcyclists and include all motor vehicles and pedestrians within Metro’s Laughlin jurisdiction.

Hewes thanked the casino partners for their help in assisting in conducting a safe and efficient event, not just for the bikers, but also for the citizens of the Laughlin/Searchlight areas.

In a press release, the Bullhead City Police Department reported fewer police calls to dispatch during the River Run weekend for the third year in a row.

Jackie Mazzeo, executive director for the Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce, reported that overall participation numbers for the run were a little below 20,000, about 2,000 fewer than last year, based on estimates and her own analysis of the numbers.

She also said that event registration, which took place in the Starview Room in the Riverside Hotel Resort & Casino, was relatively smooth, partly because of the reduced numbers.

“Normally back in the day we have them (bikers) standing in line for hours,” Mazzeo said.

Vendor Big Belly Crew reported to Mazzeo that it was doing just as well as last year. It is an apparel company that had two locations, a spot in the Riverside parking lot and another at Golden Nugget parking lot.

Other stats courtesy of Mazzeo:

About 240 plates of pancake breakfasts were sold on Saturday at the Riverside parking lot. All money earned goes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. The Riverside donated supplies and labor.

The Volunteers in Partnership sold close to 2,000 bottles of water from the two booths VIPs operated. All money collected goes into an annual fund, which is later donated to nonprofits in the Colorado River region.