- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Kingman officials are looking at what went wrong after a veteran motorcyclist event caused major traffic and bad press.

The northwest Arizona city has been criticized after officials declined to provide traffic control for the May 18 Run for the Wall veterans event, reported The Kingman Daily Miner (https://bit.ly/1te1CJ0 ). Hundreds of motorcyclists were delayed as they made their way from California to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Without traffic control, the riders got stuck at red lights as they headed onto Route 66.

City Manager John Dougherty said he took full responsibility for the logistical problems, but that there were other factors at play.

Dougherty pointed out that the Arizona Department of Transportation did not give the group a permit to exit Interstate 40 and perform its own traffic control on Route 66. ADOT didn’t grant the permit to Run for the Wall because the group didn’t have adequate insurance, according to Dougherty.

“We respect Run for the Wall,” said Dougherty. “But they did not acquire a permit to allow traffic manipulation … with no permit, they must obey traffic laws.”

ADOT also told Kingman that the city “would be on its own” if it did provide traffic control and there was an accident, Dougherty said, so the city told participating motorcyclists that they would have to follow traffic laws or risk being ticketed.

Dougherty said the city and Mayor Richard Anderson received negative feedback on social media.


Information from: Kingman Daily Miner, https://www.kingmandailyminer.com

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