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Bikefest arrests, accidents drop in 2015 in North Myrtle Beach

Photo taken from the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in North Myrtle Beach. Photo taken from the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in North Myrtle Beach.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Arrests, tickets, warnings, and accidents were significantly down over Memorial Day Weekend in North Myrtle Beach this year, compared to the same period in 2014.

Preliminary statistics show that there were only 47 arrests in North Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day Weekend 2015, which ran from May 21 to 25, compared to 105 arrests in 2014. In 2013, there were 70 arrests between May 23 and May 27, and the year before that, there were 39.

Both traffic accidents and motorcycle accidents were also lower this year: 22 traffic accidents in 2015 versus 44 in 2014, and eight motorcycle accidents in 2015, 10 less than the previous year.

The City of North Myrtle Beach also released statistics for Harley Week, which took place from May 10 to May 16. There were 48 total arrests in 2015, which is 5 fewer than the number of arrests during Harley Week in 2014. This year, there were 14 traffic accidents during Harley week, and just one involving a motorcycle. Last year, there were 23 accidents, and three involved motorcycles.

Overall, total calls for service to the City of North Myrtle Beach dropped in 2015 for both motorcycle events: from 908 to 865 for Harley Week, and 1437 in 2014 to 1043 this year during Memorial day Weekend.

The statistics released by the city on Tuesday are preliminary, and the final data is expected to be released by Friday, according to city officials.

View all the graphs and charts released by the City of North Myrtle Beach in the slideshow above. Mobile users, tap here to view the slideshow now.

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