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Special Event Zone Takes Effect in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - A "Special Event Zone" is now in effect in Ocean City, meaning lowered speed limits and higher fines. Thousands of car enthusiasts are expected in town this weekend for H2Oi, a now unsanctioned Volkswagen and Audi event.

The official eventwas moved to Atlantic City, N.J. last year, but that did not keep drivers away from Delmarva.

Ahead of this weekend, Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Avenue have been designated as a special event zone. The speed limit has been lowered to 30 miles per hour in those areas, and violators will face higher fines.

"Come enjoy the beach. Come show off the cars. You don't have to do it by peeling wheels and doing donuts," said Bob Banach of Ocean City.

Other neighbors question the effectiveness of the special event zones.

"They're not eliminating the riffraff. They're eliminating the good people who don't want to deal with these infractions that are just handed to them for not doing anything serious," said Grant Hangliter of Berlin.

Along with reduced speed limits, citizens should expect to see a large police presence as officers from multiple allied agencies will be assisting the Ocean City Police Department.

Officers from the OCPD, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland Transportation Authority and Maryland Natural Resources Police will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws.

The OCPD said spectators are urged to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic and should not incite the spinning of wheels or “burn-outs” by motorists.  Officers will enforce all laws for spectators who incite drivers, as well as cite drivers for these violations. 

Furthermore, with high pedestrian traffic expected, pedestrians are urged to Walk Smart! and always use crosswalks when crossing roadways. Wait for the signal to change and be sure that drivers see you while crossing.

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