Advisory committee reviews beach driving practices

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - During their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, members of the Beach Advisory Committee in Myrtle Beach discussed ways to make driving on the beach safer.

The discussion came up as a direct result of an accident on the beach earlier in May.

On May 14, police say Craig Risbourg ran over Eric Rabon on the beach. Risbourg was driving a pick-up truck while working for Huggins Beach service, which supervises lifeguards and rents out beach chairs and umbrellas.

In Myrtle Beach, there are already some rules that restrict who can drive on the beach. Anyone approved to drive on the beach must take a police driver training course, and drive in a "safe and prudent manner."

During the committee meeting, members discussed if more restrictions for trucks are necessary. Some people have proposed banning trucks completely and using all-terrain vehicles instead. However, directors of the beach services that contract with the city say only trucks can carry the life-saving equipment necessary.

As for banning trucks except in emergency situations, the directors say the trucks need to be patrolling the beach to deliver lifesaving equipment more quickly.

Restricting where trucks can drive was also discussed, along with the possibility of putting audible alarms on the trucks.

At the end of the meeting it was decided the police beach patrol will meet with the beach service directors to figure out if there are specific recommendations for making trucks safer on the beach.

"Our goal with this committee has always been keeping our beaches safe and clean," explained committee chairman Skeeter Nash. "I think this is one way we can do it by reducing the amount of traffic on the beach if it's possible."

Any recommendations from the beach advisory committee must go to city council for approval.

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