Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre reminded residents Wednesday that Biketoberfest is expected to bring an increase in motorcycle traffic on local roads this week. In a press release, Sheriff Manfre also emphasized safety precautions both motorists and bikers can take during Biketoberfest:
- Motorists should be aware of motorcyclists and share the road.
- Do not drive while distracted.
- Leave enough room between your vehicle and motorcycles.
- Motorcycles may be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot, drivers should look twice – especially at intersections and when making left turns.
- Use your rear and side mirrors before changing lanes.
- Motorcyclists should ride responsibly, use turn or hand signals, obey speed limits, and position themselves so as to be most visible to others on the road.
- Bike riders and passengers are encouraged to wear an approved safety helmet and bright-colored clothing so they can be seen by others on the road.
Safeguard motorcycles, trailers, valuables against theft
Sheriff Manfre also emphasized that “…large events such as Biketoberfest can attract con artists and thieves who are looking to scam tourists, steal motorcycles and other valuables.” He urged motorcyclists to secure their bikes, trailers and other valuables at the day’s end. The Sheriff also said, “We welcome bikers to Flagler County and hope that they enjoy their visit and have a safe, fun filled weekend.”
I-4 Construction Zone reminder
As an additional note, this reporter would add a reminder for motorists and bikers traveling to Daytona Beach on I-4, that the speed limit has been lowered to 60 miles an hour in the I-4 construction zone between Exit 118 at State Road 44, and just west of Exit 129 near Daytona Beach.
Click here to visit the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office website.
Click here to visit the Biketoberfest 2013 website.
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