AUSTIN (KXAN) - For the next four days people around Austin will hear bikers revving their engines as thousands of motorcycle enthusiast are in town for the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.
"We are so excited,,we work a whole year for this event," said Colleen Bragg, she and her husband Jerry founded the ROT Rally. " Just seeing all these RV's coming in, everybody's happy, everybody's in a good mood, they have all their toys on their trailers and they're ready, they're ready to set up camp and have a party."
Bragg said 1,100 RVs set up on the campgrounds at the Travis County Expo Center, the headquarters of the rally for the weekend of festivities.
The weekend of events last until Sunday where there are vendors, bike makers, and music to keep people entertained.
"Well the events this year, we're really excited to have Arlen Ness. I think of him as the godfather of bike builders. Now his son, Zach Ness is building, we have both of them here this year, which we're so excited about," explained Bragg. "We've got Counts Customs from Counting Cars, the History Channel show and they're here."
All the fun doesn't stop at the Travis County Expo Center. Friday night at 7:45 all the bikers will leave the campground on it's annual parade to ride downtown and drive down Congress.
The city shuts down 54 square blocks for the big biker fest.
Police said they're ready for the large number of visitors on two wheels. The Austin Police Department has declared a "no-refusal weekend" during the rally and will be teaming up with more than 30 other law enforcement agencies for "Operation Arrive Alive."
They will be on the look out for aggressive drivers, suspected DWI drivers and other traffic violations.
2012 incidents involving ROT Rally
- 5 people were killed
- 3 victims were motorcycle riders
- 104 people arrested for DWI
- APD tied 175 crashes to the rally
- 95 people injured
APD said In 2012 more than 200,000 people came to Texas for the ROT Rally.
"The main thing we do as riders and I hope all riders are doing this or most try to do it we bring a bottle of water that's the only bottle we bring and we don't drink at all while we're at the rally we go back to our camp ground," said Terry McAlister, who is from Colorado. "If we want to cool off and have a beer or something and go to the swimming pool that's what we do and entertain ourselves with alcohol, alcohol and bikes don't mix."
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