Tickets and arrests in North Myrtle Beach drop during Myrtle Beach Bike Week, rise during BikeFest

North Myrtle Beach saw a decline in tickets and arrests during the Myrtle Beach Bike Week, but handed out more citiations and booked more people during the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day BikeFest.

North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said offiicals don’t have estimates of attendance, but said the Atlantic Beach BikeFest seemed bigger than last year with most accomodations appearing “booked solid” for the two to three day period.

Dowling also said attendance during the Harley event earlier in May was substantially lower than the crowd at BikeFest.

There were about 110 state troopers and officers from other jurisdictions to assist the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety during BikeFest.

There were 53 people arrested and 125 ticketed during this year’s Harley Davidson rally, compared to 63 arrests and 231 tickets during the same event last year.

During Memorial Day Weekend there were 105 arrests and 489 tickets this year, compared to 70 and 411, respectively, in 2013. It is the highest arrest total since 112 people were jailed during the event in 2006.