OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Town of Ocean City is preparing for a pop-up car rally, expected to take place from Sept. 22-27. In anticipation of this unauthorized event, Ocean City is urging residents and visitors to exercise caution in Ocean City this weekend. The event is expected to bring excessive noise, extreme traffic delays and increased law enforcement presence.
Ocean City has established a Special Event Zone that will be in place from Sept. 22-27, intended to help deter motor violations by lowering speed limits and increasing fines and penalties. Significant traffic congestion, alternate traffic patterns and a heavy police presence is anticipated throughout the weekend. Additionally, in 2020 the Maryland Legislature passed enhancements to the Special Event Zone Bill, including the addition of exhibition driving. This bill, for the first time, allows police to make arrests for certain motor violations in the Special Event Zone.
During this time frame, residents and visitors 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 Ocean City Police Department, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws.
Ocean City police 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 enforce the violations with the driver. Further, 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.
“Due to the pop-up car rally, this upcoming weekend is not going to be a typical fall weekend at the beach,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “We encourage our residents to avoid traveling on Coastal Highway if possible, as traffic is going to be unusually heavy. In addition, we urge our visitors seeking a family-friendly experience to plan a visit to Ocean City for another weekend. We pride ourselves on being a coastal community that everyone can enjoy year-round but unfortunately, we are asking everyone to please exercise caution before deciding to visit Ocean City this weekend.”
Residents and visitors can learn more about the Special Event Zone in Ocean City at oceancitymd.gov/specialeventzone.