Grand Strand will see increased police presence

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

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – With thousands of visitors expected to flood the Grand Strand this weekend for Memorial Day activities and Bikefest, police from all over the Palmetto State will be posted on the roadways to ensure everyone is safe.

Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes says officers will be practicing high visibility and strict enforcement this weekend. He says they'll be keeping an eye out for speeding motorcyclists and noise violations, along with everyday traffic violations.

Jonathan Moore, a biker from Petersburg, VA, says the police were some of the first people to greet him in the Grand Strand.

"A lot of cops - they're on every block, each side of the block," said Moore. "A guy pulled me over saying that my license plate was too far under my tail section and I got a $232 ticket."

But some locals like Lee Nguwen say they appreciate the extra uniforms.

"Along [Highway] 17 Business and all, even the Bypass, I have seen quite a few," said Nguwen. "What they're doing is they're doing their job, trying to keep us safe. You know if you're going to come to Myrtle Beach you need to obey the law."

Knipes says if both drivers and motorcyclists follow the rules, everyone can have a fun and safe weekend.

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