On July 30 through August 4, 2013 Tunica County will be hosting the 36th National Bikers Roundup Event, the largest annual camping rally in the country which targets motorcyclist from all fifty states.
In order to ensure that an event of this magnitude was secured Mr. Steve Sosebee and his staff of the Paul Battle Arena and Exposition Center worked several months with the Delta Region Motorcycle Clubs in planning and preparing to host this event.
The 2013 National Bikers Roundup has the potential for more than 1,000 motorcycle clubs to attend with motorcycle enthusiasts traveling to Tunica County from all around; reaching 20,000, as well as extended audience of more than 30,000 expected.
In anticipation of the thousands of motorcyclist and other enthusiasts attending the five (5) day event the Tunica County Sheriff's Office has dedicated countless hours in planning and preparing to make this large scale event safe and successful.
The Tunica County Sheriff's Office Safety Campaign will kick off Wednesday Morning (July 31, 2013) at 0600 hours with increased law enforcement presence on all county and state roadways. This increase presence shall consist of additional deputies, Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) including motorcycle units, and Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Traffic Enforcement Officers providing twenty-four (24) hour protection.
This high visibility enforcement should send a clear message to the public that the Sheriff's Office is very serious about traffic enforcement and the increased law enforcement presence shall be in an effort to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities during this large scale event. Officers shall be focusing on enforcing Occupant Protection (Seatbelts), Child passenger Safety (Child Restraint), Motorcycle Helmet Violation, Improper Parking, Speeding, Proof of Insurance Requirements, Revoked or Suspended Drivers License, and driving under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages or Drugs.
Also, with the potential number of motorcyclist on our roadways, we encourage the public to be very observant of their surroundings while traveling on the roadways during this period; sense one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents seems to be a result of the motorist simply not seeing or recognizing motorcycles on the roadways. Serious injuries and even death are often the result of such tragic occurrences.
Another major concern during this period is traffic flow issues. The main entrance to this event shall be off U.S. Highway 61 onto Perry Road. Motorist could see heavy traffic congestion on both U.S. Highway 61 and Old Highway 61 from the Town of Tunica to the Hollywood Community daily causing traffic to back up for a mile or 2 in both directions. The Tunica County Board of Supervisor has approved the temporary closing of thru traffic during this event on Abbay Drive from U.S. Highway 61 to the entrance of Plantation Apartments and on Perry Road from U.S. Highway 61 to Old Highway 61. Therefore, with traffic on Old Highway 61 becoming more congested there shall be NO PARKING permitted from Old Mhoon Landing Parkway to just north of Perry Road.
REMEMBER, for your safety as well as the Officer’s safety you are asked to follow the below guidelines when being addressed by a Law Enforcement Officer:
1. Slow Down, safely pull over to your right when you can and make a complete stop.
2. Please stay in your vehicle with both hands in sight on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to approach.
3. Do not exit your vehicle unless asked to do so by the Officer
4. Show the Officer your driver’s l license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance when asked to do so. (Always Have These Items Readily Available)
5. If Stopped by a Law Enforcement Officer at night, please turn you interior dome light on so the Officer can observe the inside of your vehicle.
6. It is the Drivers Responsibility - Not the Vehicle Owner - To ensure that the vehicle being driven is insured and that proper documents are in the vehicle.
7. It is the Vehicle Owner's responsibility - To ensure the person driving the vehicle possesses a valid drivers’ license.