NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Bikers will soon head to the Grand Strand for the Harley Davidson "Cruisin' the Coast" spring rally that kicks off on Friday.
Law enforcement in North Myrtle Beach and on the southern end of the Horry County are putting extra officers on the roads to do their part to keep people safe.
The Georgetown's Sheriff's Department is adding about 20 deputies near Murrells Inlet and Garden City, while North Myrtle Beach police officers will be out in full force near the Harley Davidson store on US-17.
As far as the Myrtle Beach Police Department, city spokesman Mark Kruea said he doesn't expect a big turnout and there will not be added officers on the roads.
Some bikers said they will participate in the rally and ride through the City of Myrtle Beach. Others, like Joe Dipasqua, said they didn't ride through Myrtle Beach last year because of the helmet law and they won't this year, either.
"You try to stay out of Myrtle Beach because apparently they don't want us. When I say 'us,' I mean the bikers," Dipasqua said.
Kruea said the city is concentrating their efforts on a Cinco de Mayo celebration that is being held on Saturday near 8th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.