NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the City’s main visitor season. We quickly grow from a city with a permanent population of about 18,800 people to one with a daily population of more than 100,000. We wish everyone an enjoyable and considerate Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend typically coincides with the annual Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Black Pearl Cultural Heritage and Bike Festival. The festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 emergency. The festival is returning this year and could mean an increased number of motorcycles on the roads, presenting safety challenges for motorcyclists and drivers.
Whether driving a car or riding a motorcycle, everyone should exercise caution and extend courtesy. Continually check to the rear and sides as you drive down the road.
There is an increased presence of public safety officers in North Myrtle Beach during Memorial Day Weekend, including supplemental officers from agencies around the state, including SLED and highway patrol. They are here for the benefit of all residents and all visitors, and their key focus in North Myrtle Beach is traffic management and safety. We want to keep traffic flowing so that gridlock does not occur. When traffic gridlock occurs, frustrations build, and people anger more easily.
While law enforcement works to keep traffic moving, everyone must practice patience. If it normally takes you 10 minutes to get to where you want to go, expect it to take longer over Memorial Day Weekend.
PATIENCE AND CARE ARE STILL NEEDED
Excessive noise is a key complaint during major holiday weekends.
Quiet hours are 11 p.m. through 7 a.m.
The City’s Noise Ordinance States: “It is unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be continued any excessive, unnecessary or unusually loud noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the limits of the city.”
Those who violate the noise ordinance can be cited and/or arrested with a fine up to $1,000.
Please be considerate of others.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE VIOLATIONS
We encourage drivers to watch out for motorcycles on our roads, and we encourage motorcyclists to avoid doing the following things, which are illegal and can endanger others on the road:
Those who do these things are subject to a citation and/or arrest with a fine up to $1,000.
Please exercise good judgment and respect others.
PREVENT MOTORCYCLE THEFT
Motorcycle thefts increase during Memorial Day Weekend. Expensive, custom and show bikes are popular with thieves. Here are some theft prevention tips:
WE PRACTICE "COMMUNITY POLICING"
Our law enforcement personnel practice "community policing", which means they work to be accessible and available to interact with residents and visitors. Their goal is to establish mutual trust and respect. When that occurs, good things follow for everyone.
They try first to educate people about our laws. If that approach does not work, they may choose to issue warnings. If those approaches fail, they will cite or arrest. Of course, if flagrant and/or serious violations of law occur, law enforcement will react quickly and decisively.
Visitor or resident, if you have questions about what you can and cannot do in North Myrtle Beach feel free to approach any of our law enforcement personnel. They are there to help all have a safe and enjoyable time.
PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY
In previous years, there have been some unfortunate incidents caused by improper grilling.
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