PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
March 8, 2018
“77th Annual Bike Week & Motorcycle Safety”
Bike Week begins Friday, March 9th and runs through Sunday, March 18th.
The Flagler Beach Police Department will be enforcing both hazardous moving violations and non-moving violations. Hazardous moving violations 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).
The following State Statutes, paraphrased below, are in effect in the State of Florida:
316.2095 – Footrests, handholds, and handlebars:
- Footrests must be provided for a passenger on a motorcycle, unless it is equipped with a sidecar or enclosed cab.
- Handlebars or handgrips cannot be higher than the top of the shoulders of the person operating the motorcycle while properly seated upon the motorcycle.
316.211 – Equipment for motorcycles:
- An eye protective device must be worn by the operator of the motorcycle.
316.294 – Mirrors:
- Every vehicle and motorcycle, operated singly or when towing any other vehicle, must have a rear view mirror that allows the driver a rear view of the highway for a minimum distance of 200 feet.
316.304 – Wearing of headsets:
- No motorcycle operator can wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device. The exception is a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
316.405 Motorcycle headlights to be turned on:
- Headlights must be on at all times while the motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is being driven on public streets or highways.
The goal for this year’s Bike Week event is the safety of our visitors and residents through compliance with the laws of the State of Florida. Please remember that reducing your speed, especially after dark, allows for a longer reaction/braking time, and also helps reduce noise.
Special Note: The speed limit on SRA1A between South 12th Street and South 18th Street is 25 MPH. This area of SRA1A was affected by Hurricane Matthew and Officers will be proactively monitoring speeds via radar during Bike Week. Compliance with the posted speed limit is the goal.
We hope this year’s Bike Week provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories. Thank you in advance for helping make this year’s event a safe one for all.
This information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors and residents on Florida motorcycle related laws. If you have any questions regarding Bike Week, please feel free to contact Chief Matt Doughney at (386) 517-2020.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
March 7, 2018
“Flagler County Schools’ Spring Break 2018”
Spring Break 2018 for Flagler County School students begins Friday, March 9th, and runs through Sunday, March 18th. This year’s Spring Break will coincide with Daytona’s 77th Bike Week. The Flagler Beach Police Department anticipates heavier than usual crowds at our Beach, on our roadways, and at our businesses during this busy week.
In an effort to provide a safe environment during the event for our residents and visitors, the Flagler Beach Police Department has requested, and will be receiving, additional Law Enforcement resources from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Chief Matt Doughney, “Last year these two (2) events coincided and the additional presence of uniformed Law Enforcement Officers on motorcycles, bicycles and ATV’s in the core area of the City worked extremely well. Bikers & Breakers had a great time. Sheriff Staly has again graciously agreed to provide additional Deputies to assist our Officers with this year’s event and his willingness and commitment to our agency is greatly appreciated.”
The goal for the additional Law Enforcement presence is to once again provide a safe environment for residents, visitors and business owners alike. Doughney continued. “Flagler Beach encourages visitors to enjoy all that our City has to offer, and asks that you respect our City Ordinances and State Laws”. Doughney concluded, “Our City has many unique shops and restaurants, as well as an iconic Pier and six (6) miles of scenic beaches. We simply ask that you respect our City, have a great time and act accordingly.”
Officers and Deputies will focus their combined efforts on the expeditious movement of traffic in and around the downtown core area, specifically State Routes 100 and A1A. In addition to traffic management throughout the week, Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the downtown area and Beach on ATV’s, bicycles, motorcycles and foot patrol. Law Enforcement’s areas of concern for the event are underage drinking, littering, illegal parking, and physical disturbances that tend to be caused by and/or associated with underage drinking or narcotics usage.
If you have any questions regarding this year’s Spring Break event, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2020.