Volusia County issues tips to safely navigate Bike Week 2024

Bike Week will run from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 10.

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  • | 1:00 p.m. February 29, 2024
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As excitement mounts for the 2024 Bike Week, kicking off Friday, March 1, Volusia County Emergency Medical Services is working to ensure the event is both enjoyable and safe for everyone. The event is expected to bring a surge of motorcyclists and drivers to Volusia County, significantly increasing the need for everyone to stay alert and prioritize safety.

"Bike Week stands out as one of the busiest times for EMS, with our teams responding to numerous calls," Volusia County EMS Director Kevin Captain said. "Our primary goal is to ensure that everyone, whether on two wheels or four, can enjoy the festivities while maintaining alertness at all times due to the expected rise in biker presence."

For motorcyclists, the cornerstone of safety lies in the use of helmets. Riding without a helmet increases the risk of sustaining severe head and brain injuries in the event of an accident. Moreover, the perils of drinking and riding cannot be overstated. Alcohol consumption impairs balance and judgment, critical components for motorcycle operation. Bikers, particularly those arriving from colder regions who might not have ridden recently, are urged to conduct thorough pre-ride checks. Ensuring that motorcycles are in peak condition, with particular attention to potential mechanical failures like faulty brakes, is essential for preventing accidents. 

Automobile drivers are called upon to exercise unparalleled caution during Bike Week. The influx of motorcycles transforms driving dynamics. Motorcycles may easily be obscured by blind spots or hidden behind objects such as signs and other vehicles. Drivers are advised to triple-check before merging or entering roadways by looking right, then left, and right again to prevent collisions. Additionally, maintaining an increased following distance behind motorcycles can reduce the chances of accidents.

Volusia County EMS will also deploy its Utility Response Vehicle throughout the week, strategically positioning it in crowded areas. The UTV is designed to grant EMS personnel rapid access to emergencies in densely populated locations. It enables staff to swiftly respond, provide immediate care to individuals, and, if necessary, facilitate quick transport to an ambulance for further care.


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