Lone Star Rally weekend is in the rearview mirror, and the city of Galveston is starting to tally the numbers from this year’s event.
According to the City of Galveston traffic division, 247,542 vehicles passed over the Galveston Causeway between 9 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Monday. Friday was the busiest day in terms of visitors coming over the bridge, with 75,989 vehicles crossing that day alone.
Saturday, typically the biggest day of the rally, was less visited because of rainy weather. This year, 57,318 came across the bridge on Saturday.
Galveston tourism officials had expected 500,000 or more visitors during the rally weekend. Vehicles counts are one way to measure the number of visitors to events. Organizers estimate the number of visitors on a weekend by doubling the number of vehicles that crossed the causeway.
In 2014, the city estimated 194,263 vehicles crossed the causeway during the rally weekend. In 2013, the estimate was 191,029 vehicles.
The Galveston Police Department arrested eight people in the rally event area over the weekend, a city spokesman said.
“That’s great for an event area that had so many people in it,” said Michael Gray, the city’s acting public information officer. “We’d rather see zero arrests, but eight is very uneventful.”
There was only one fatality connected to the rally over the weekend, according to police department.
Cody Frankum, 35, of Seabrook, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a semitrailer Thursday evening on FM 3005.
His wife, Carole Frankum, was sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch with serious injuries. A medical branch spokesman said that he could not provide an update on Carole Frankum’s condition.