Biketoberfest® & Motorcycle Safety
This year Biketoberfest® begins on Friday, October 16th and runs through Sunday, October 19th and the following information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors and residents with motorcycle related laws.
During Biketoberfest®, the Flagler Beach Police Department will be enforcing hazardous moving violations, which include but are not limited to; careless driving, aggressive careless driving, reckless driving, excessive speed, racing on a highway (drag racing) and driving under the influence (DUI). Additionally, the following non-moving statutes are in effect in the State of Florida;
316.2095 – Footrests, handholds, and handlebars:
(1) Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.
(2) No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars or with hand grips that are higher than the top of the shoulders of the person operating the motorcycle while properly seated upon the motorcycle.
316.211 – Equipment for motorcycles:
(2) A person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes.
316.294 – Mirrors: Every vehicle (to include a motorcycle), operated singly or when towing any other vehicle, shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the motor vehicle.
316.304 – Wearing of headsets:
(1) No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
316.405 Motorcycle headlights to be turned on:
(1) Any person who operates a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle on the public streets or highways shall, while so engaged, have the headlight or headlights of such motorcycle or motor-driven cycle turned on.
The goal for this year’s Biketoberfest® event is the safety of our visitors and residents as well as compliance with the laws of the State of Florida. We hope this year’s Biketoberfest® provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories and thank you in advance for helping make this year’s event a safe event for all.
If you have any questions regarding Biketoberfest®, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.