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Increased Traffic Violations For Ocean City Hot Rods

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Hot rods and classic cars are gathering in Worcester County this weekend for Ocean City's Endless Summer Crusin' event.

But with fast cars coming to the area, comes increased police presence as well.

With the event in town, police have cracked down on traffic violations, including revving your engine at stoplights. 

The crackdown is a part of the police department's Special Event Zone, which aims to keep participants in the event and nearby residents safe.

But some participants think the crackdown has become excessive and takes away from the fun.

"Like I said I'm not down here to race, or hurt anybody. I'm down here to enjoy the old vintage vehicles and to talk to the people," Joseph Angelozzi, a participant said.

Some participants say the ticketing for revving up the engines may be too vague, due to the older makeup of the cars.

"Cars idle a little differently than a modern car, and there's technically issues with that," Morgan Billingslea said. "We're all not 20-years-old anymore.

Business owners in the area also worry that the increased ticketing could impact participation at the event, and it could hurt their sales.

"Usually it's great for the business, cause it brings a lot of big crowds in town. I understand there's a few, the big trucks that come along that make a little bit of noise, but when you live in town you're used to that environment," said Anesti Gjikuria, a nearby restaurant owner. 

But not everyone--some are happy to see the police crackdown to eliminate the noise.

"Ocean City is a tourism town, and we need the business, but it's what comes with the business that can be irritating. So if they would just self regulate a little better, they wouldn't have all these burdensome fines and rules," Chris Greenwood said.

The Ocean City Police Department said it would continue issuing tickets throughout the weekend. No word yet on how many tickets have gone out so far.

 

 

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