MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – With thousands of people expected to hit Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials want to remind drivers of the things you should and shouldn’t do on highways. roads.
“It’s a very congested area, there’s a lot of people here and they’ll be there for the next few weeks and the summer. So when you go through that little distraction in your driving, whether it’s 10 seconds or 30 seconds , it could ultimately lead to a collision and ultimately lead to a fatal collision. That’s what we obviously want to avoid,” said South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Nick Pye.
The SCHP says there have been 330 fatal crashes in the state so far this year. Of this number, nearly 40 motorcycles involved.
Pye also wants to warn those getting off that drunk driving is against the law and a conviction could result in huge fines and penalties.
Your best bet is to take a ride if you plan on drinking.
“The best thing you can do is have a plan in place if you’re going to drink alcohol. If you drink at home, stay home,” Pye said. “If you’re somewhere, use a rideshare app or rideshare service. Get an Uber, get a Lyft, call a friend. Getting a DUI or getting into an alcohol-related collision is inexcusable in 2022.”
Despite the annual Spring Bike Rally in town for a few more days, those riding up and down Ocean Boulevard on Friday said they were equally excited about the upcoming holiday weekend.
“People can expect to see obviously a lot of motorcycles, but also a lot of luxury cars. And trucks. People want to get out and enjoy the good weather,” said Brett Kennedy, who is part of an automobile club. “We just can’t wait to get here and everything. Kind of showing what we’ve built over the year.
Other residents and visitors said they take security seriously as the area becomes increasingly crowded.
“Absolutely you have to be careful of the other riders,” said Mike Hamm, who was visiting for the cycling rally.
Copyright 2022 WMBF. All rights reserved.