As unsanctioned car event roars into Ocean City, Police amp up enforcement

Ocean City, Md. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — Ocean City Police are visibly increasing their enforcement, as hundreds of car enthusiasts flock to Ocean City for an event that officials have previously credited for “appalling behavior.”

As this unsanctioned H20i-style event returns to Ocean City this weekend, town officials have issued a Special Events Zone, reducing speed limits and increasing fines for violations. Specifically, speeds along Coastal Highway have been reduced to 30 miles an hour, with fines increased. Going into effect Thursday morning, the Special Events Zone extends through the end of the weekend.

OCPD has been touting their enforcement efforts, with officers seen enforcing the speed limit with laser along Coastal Highway Thursday evening. On social media, the Police Department spreading the message “Love our community like you love your car.” Police have also expressed an interest in working with event goers to prevent disturbances. When asked about setting up a “respectful” gathering with “no burnouts,” Police urged an attendee to contact businesses and individual property owners to receive permission.

While the bulk of H20i attendees will be at the official, sanctioned event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, town officials are still expecting a decent amount of increased traffic. In years past, Officers responded to thousands of service calls, dealt with physical violence, vehicles doing “burnouts” and excessive speeding.