MB Police: Extra patrols for busy weekend

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Greg Argos - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC  (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police say they'll be out in full-force this weekend along Ocean Boulevard to make sure everyone remains safe during the busy holiday weekend.

"[We'll have] high visibility to try to enforce the laws," said Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes.

On Friday, officers were following protocol, patrolling on their bikes, in their squad cars, even on scooters. The increased patrols have many vacationers forming different opinions.

"It's very important to have extra guards around," said one visitor from Maryland.

"I would say [have fewer police] so you don't feel restricted to what you can do," said a vactioner from North Carolina.

Officer George Johnson is one of the officers assigned to patrol Ocean Boulevard on a device called a T-3, which looks like a three-wheeled Segway.

"With this piece of machinery, I can move in and out of traffic very easily. I can operate it on the sidewalk, and in the street," explained Johnson

Business owners also say the extra patrols are very helpful, especially since there are so many people around their stores.

"[We're] making sure we're looking out for everybody. It doesn't matter why you're here in Myrlte Beach for. We're here to make sure you have a fun, safe and enjoyable time," said Johnson.

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