This year Bike Week begins on Friday, March 6th and runs through Sunday, March 15th and the following information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors and residents on Florida motorcycle related laws.
During Bike Week 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:
- Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.
- No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars or with handgrips 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 Bike Week 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 Bike Week 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 Bike Week, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.