Published DateLACONIA — With attendance dampened by wet and threatening weather, the 90th running of Motorcycle Week was the most orderly in recent memory as police counted only 51 arrests.
Captain Matt Canfield, commander of the operations division, said that the 95 arrests at the rally a year ago was the fewest in his memory and the number this year was little more than half that. He said that 32 of the 51 arrested were intoxicated individuals taken into protective custody. Five people were charged with driving while intoxicated, one of them for a second offense, and an equal number were found in possession of illicit drugs. Four individuals were arrested for drinking in public. Second degree assault charges were brought against one man while another was charged with attempted second degree assault.
Canfield said that traffic flowed "fairly well" through the new roundabout at the junction of Weirs Boulevard and Rte. 3 and Rte. 11-B. Part of the operational plan for this year's event, he noted, was increased traffic enforcement, particularly on those roads where accidents have occurred most often in the past.
On the eve of the rally, the University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center issued an analysis of motorcycle accidents during the event between 2002 and 2011, which identified those roads with the highest incidence of crashes and collisions. This year, Canfield said that the three most serious accidents occurred on Rte. 3 near Funspot and the Sun Valley Cottages and on Rollercoaster Road, but there were no fatalities in the city.