(Oct. 11, 2019) Ocean City residents will see another round of Special Event Zone speed limits and fines this weekend, as the resort readies itself for thousands of participants for the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event.
City officials and the Ocean City Police Department said they will be monitoring online reports for the potential return of modified car enthusiasts, unrelated to the Cruisin’ event, who caused havoc in the resort two weekends ago.
“With thousands of car enthusiasts expected in the resort community this week, Ocean City will be designated a Special Event Zone beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 13, during the Endless Summer Cruisin’ event,” Ocean City Police Department Spokeswoman Ashley Miller said.
The Cruisin’ event, purportedly one of the largest car shows of its kind on the East Coast, will take place from Oct. 10-13 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street, inlet parking lot and other designated areas.
Miller said along with the Special Event Zone, OCPD and allied agencies would once again be at maximum deployment to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.
The Special Event Zone was one of many suggestions for change that came out of the Motor Event Task Force, Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said.
Its purpose was to deter traffic violations in the city by giving police an effective enforcement tool for violations.
While there was room for improvement, Waters said the city believed the Special Event Zone was an effective method of deterring potential violations.
She did say, however, that the city would like to see additional violations fall under the Special Event Zone umbrella.
Waters also said city officials and the police were aware of online reports of modified car enthusiasts returning to Ocean City, and were preparing its resources accordingly.
“Spectators are urged to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic,” Miller said. “Pedestrians are urged to “Walk Smart!” and always use crosswalks when crossing roadways.”