Each year, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers from across the state make their way to the Grand Strand to help with the three weeks of bike rallies.
This weekend you can find them at Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson.
“Each year during the motorcycle weeks, both Atlantic Week and Harley Weeks, I come down I bring a motorcycle and I’m here basically to talk shop,” Cpl. Bill Rhyne said.
In partnership with other state agencies, engineering is making sure the roads are maintained and safe.
This weekend there is a big focus on the other two: Enforcement and education.
“That’s why we are here at Harley Davidson handing out some safety items, talking to the public, reminding them about being safe. They have some good questions for us,” Lt. Bob Beres, better known as Trooper Bob, said.
Trooper Bob focuses on keeping education fun, and the proof is in his social media.
Trooper Bob started using Twitter just a few years ago, and already has more than 20,000 followers.
“In 2015, my boss asked us to go on Twitter. I didn’t even know what it is, I had to Google it,” he said.
Next, he discovered emojis.
“I was looking through my phone and I saw these emoji’s so I put an emoji message together and it was probably 100 characters and it hit 150,000 people. And said there must be something to this,” he said.
That’s when the “Sober or Slammer” emoji campaign was created. That campaign is now nominated for an Emmy.
Trooper Bob is dedicated to his community, and his social media plays a big role in his positive relationship with not only South Carolinians, but many around the globe.
“I don’t look at the followers, as far as, ‘Oh, you’ve got 20,000 followers, you’ve got 21,000 followers.’ My passion is making sure you get from your house to wherever you’re going and back to your house,” he said.
One of the big things he uses his social media platform for is education. The same reason many troopers are in our area right now: Providing life saving advice.
“Drinking and driving is a big thing. Wanting people to understand that with this number of motorcyclists that are out here, they need to slow down and take their time. Make sure that they are giving themselves plenty of following distances and do not split traffic,” Cpl. Rhyne said.
If you or someone you know needs help on the roads, call *HP.