From Tuesday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 30, Ocean City’s Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Avenue will be designated as a Special Event Zone in preparation for the upcoming unsanctioned H2Oi event. Although the official motorized special event was moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey for 2018, the Ocean City Police Department still anticipates a crowd of car enthusiasts in town Monday through Sunday.
Additionally, Coastal Highway and Philadelphia will be a designated Special Event Zone starting Tuesday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 7 for Endless Summer Cruisin’.
Governor Larry Hogan signed the Special Event Zone bill into law in April of 2018. The law allows the State Highway Administration, at the request of a local authority, to designate areas on Worcester County’s state highways as a special event zone, and reduce established speed limits in the zone.
It also allows a local authority, such as Town of Ocean City officials, to designate a city-owned road as a special event zone. Fines for violators will be increased in special event zones. For these upcoming events, the speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph.
Thousands of car enthusiasts are expected in Ocean City for the events and citizens should expect to see a large police presence. Officers from allied agencies will be assisting the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD), including the Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Transportation Authority, and Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Officers will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws. Additionally, 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.