(Sept. 4, 2020) In preparation for the pop-up car event, colloquially known as “H2Oi,” the Worcester County Detention Center in Snow Hill will aid the Ocean City Police Department. The jail will lend three transportation vans and an officer for each van for eight-hour shifts each evening from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 26, the dates for the unsanctioned event, according to a Facebook page. 

The event is known for its participants’ desire to cause traffic congestion and noise along Coastal Highway. 

Warden Donna Bounds said the correctional officers would assist transporting arrestees to the Ocean City department. 

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Donna Bounds

“There would be a sworn law enforcement officer in the van with us, whether it be a member of the sheriff’s office or Ocean City [police department],” Bounds said. 

The police department has said it will strictly enforce the exhibition driving law, which was passed earlier this year to build on the 2018 special event zone restrictions. It prohibits exhibition driving and increases the maximum fines and imprisonable actions. 

It defines exhibition driving as “the transportation of a passenger on (or in) an area of a motor vehicle that is not designed (or intended) for passenger transport such as the hood or roof.” 

This also means excessive, abrupt acceleration or declaration of a vehicle; skidding, squealing, burning or smoking of the tires; the swerving or swaying of the vehicle from side to side while skidding; excessive engine noises; grinding of the gears or the backfiring of the engine of the motor vehicle or any of the wheels of the vehicle losing contact with the ground. 

Violators could be fined up to $500. The penalty for negligent driving, racing and racing participation as a timekeeper is up to $1,000. Violators of these acts can also be jailed for up to 60 days. 

Police may also use speed bumps, increased towing and riot charges.

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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