The city of Myrtle Beach and the city of North Myrtle Beach have decided that throwing taxpayers’ money at the problem of Bikeweek traffic control is the proper way of handling the large amount of motorcycle traffic. The mayor and city council say by increasing the number of police and routing the traffic on a specific route is the cure for this problem.
If you wish to handle and control this Atlantic Beach-caused situation, use the proper amount of leverage. Both the above cities, need to put in place at exits from Atlantic Beach to the adjoining cities mandatory license, registration and insurance check points. At each checkpoint an officer would check to make sure proper documents are in order. This should occur 24 hours a day for the entire week, no matter how many times a motorcycle rider or any other vehicle passes a checkpoint. By doing this procedure and using proper amount of time intervals, the traffic in the other cities around Atlantic Beach will be kept to acceptable numbers. If numbers are too great ,slow the process and keepsthem in Atlantic Beach where they should be, as it is their planned Bikeweek.
If the proper documents are not on hand, the laws will of course be enforced. Some will have motorcycles towed to local impound lots for the usual fees for retrieval. Others may even wind up at J. Rueben Long Detention Center. In these cases the sitting judge will enforce whatever fines or jail time the court decides. In case there is not enough room at the detention center, tents will be provided until the individual’s case can be heard. Our judges are paid yearly so this should not increase taxes just the judges workload. (Well they wanted the job, now it’s time to earn their keep.)
Some may want to say this is profiling. How can that be true, since it is not just a few people that are being checked, it is everybody passing the checkpoints that are being checked. All types of vehicles, not just motorcycles. Now Atlantic Beach may say this doesn’t occur during Harley Bike Week. They would be correct in that assumption. However, I think Atlantic Beach can do the same thing during Harley Bike Week. Also, if the powers in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach think this is a good idea for Harley Bike Week, by all means do it then.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.