R.O.T. Rally's Jerry Bragg calls event 'complete motorcycle experience'
The R.O.T. Rally is the brainchild of Jerry Bragg. Bragg gave Fox 7 a tour of the biker paradise and told us in a nutshell what it's all about.
"This is a complete motorcycle experience. It's a motorcycle rally with vendors, with exhibits, with all kinds of special things only motorcyclists appreciate and enjoy," he said.
Bragg says the main attraction this year is their Evil Knievel exhibit -- made up of memorabilia that belongs to an Austin collector.
Bragg also introduced us to Vietnam vet Gary Towers. He and his wife tour a custom motorcycle that's a tribute to Veterans. It's painted to represent every branch of the military.
"It's not metal and chrome and rubber. It's actually the heart and soul of all the men and women who have served our country," Towers said.
Towers also helps with the military bike give-away where one lucky veteran gets to take home a bike free of charge...the R.O.T. Rally's way of saying "thank you" for their service.
Safety is a huge concern for the R.O.T. Rally
Austin Police say last year during the R.O.T. Rally weekend, there were 254 crashes in the city including 3 deaths. Along with 126 arrested for DWI across the area.
They're encouraging people not to become a statistic and designate a sober driver.
APD is conducting "No Refusal" this weekend as well as "Arrive Alive."
Bragg says he supports law enforcement's safety measures. They use the Sheriff's department for security at the Expo Center and APD for help at the downtown parade.
"Well not only 'don't drink and drive' but in our parade we will not allow you to drink and drive. So many people show up drinking and stage up for the parade and we'll trade them a bottle of water for their beer and everybody's happy then and by the time they leave they're safer," Bragg said.
APD says during Friday night's No Refusal they made 15 DWI arrests.