More police in town for Bikefest impacts statistics of arrests, tickets

More police officers on the streets, which were restricted with sidewalk barriers and one-way traffic along part of Ocean Boulevard, led to a safer Memorial Day weekend, officials said.

Final figures for arrests, warnings and fines, as well as any issues or changes authorities encountered during the event, won’t be available until probably August, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said.

But preliminary figures showed more warnings were issued and more fines were collected during the event by Horry County police, while Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach authorities showed a decrease in most of their figures compared to last year.

“The statistics are hard to interpret; you may see some things up and some things down but we doubled police,” Bourcier said. “It’s hard to dissect the numbers and what they truly mean. I think having the additional officers on the streets definitely helped.”