After Bike Week-related fatalities, law enforcement urges caution

By Brittany Jones, Flagler County Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT

Law enforcement in Flagler County is pushing for safety on the roadways during the 76th Annual Bike Week.

Scott Saucier and his wife rode their motorcycle nearly 400 miles from home to enjoy the food and festivities during Bike Week. Saucier said he has attended Bike Week for 30 years.

"I like to party, I come for the party every year," said Saucier.

Saucier said it's a tradition he wouldn't want to see ended by a tragic accident, which is the reason why he's being cautious as he and thousands of bikers hit the road.

"[I put on] the right clothes, helmets, always driving defensively looking out for other people. I'm always on edge, it kind of wears you out driving here because you're always on guard," said Saucier.

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly said during Bike Week many of the bikers use both U.S. 1 and A1A to travel back and forth to the events.

"Now we have a mix of spring breakers and Bike Week, so we're going to be running a lot of those extra patrols a lot of heavy enforcement," said Staly.

State troopers said some bikers have already been killed or hurt in accidents over the weekend in Flagler and Volusia counties.

"It just shows how frail life and can be. We know our bikers coming down for Bike Week enjoy U.S. 1, they enjoy A1A, we want them to enjoy it. We want them to be responsible drivers and visitors and we want our residents here to be responsible drivers," said Staly.

Bikers said the wet roads make it worse.

"It's harder to stop on a motorcycle, it was raining, the roads were wet. They've got salt on them too, so it makes it more slippery," said Saucier.

Saucier said his friend was hurt in a motorcycle crash as he left Bike Week Sunday night, so he knows paying attention is important to survival and having a good time.

"It's life or death," Saucier said. "It's pretty simple, if you're not paying attention, it's easy to get hit, go down, there's nothing around you, you'll definitely lose against a car. You've got to be careful."

Bike Week Daytona Beach runs through Sunday.