Police encourage biker safety

Myrtle Beach, SC - By A.J. Ross - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –   With even more motorcycles and cars expected to be on the roadways this weekend, officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department (MBPD) are encouraging everyone to be safe and share the roadways.

"Pay attention, drive defensively, watch your speed, and your following distance," recommends Traffic Corporal Shannon Toole with the MBPD.  "While you're in your car pay attention to what's going on around you, and if you're on a bike expect the unexpected."

Toole says officers will be out in full force this weekend monitoring people's speed, watching for careless driving, and checking for helmets.

"We may adjust shift hours as we would any other time of year to make sure that we've got adequate coverage for the number of people expected to be in the area," said Toole.

With one motorcycle fatality in the past week, a lot of bikers say they are now erring on the side of caution.

"This is an intense area of motorcycles for this week and situations that people will get into here they might not necessarily get into at home," said Mike Paetow a biker from Syracuse New York.

"I try to pay as much attention as I can and I drive like everybody is trying to run me over," said Ed Ferraro, another biker from Long Island New York.  "I think drivers should pay a little more attention, I want to go home and sleep in my own bed after my week down here on vacation."

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