New Speed Zone in Effect Ahead of Cruisin' Ocean City Event
Posted: May 15, 2018 8:59 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - Ocean City is preparing to welcome another weekend of car enthusiasts for an annual event - but with some added changes on the streets.
May 15 marks the start of reduced speed limits zones ahead of the town's annual Cruisin' Ocean City event.
South of 9th street the speed limit is 25 miles an hour and north of there is 30 miles an hour.
The changes come on the heels of incidents regarding car events in Ocean City, most notably the excessive speeding and safety concerns associated with the H2Oi event.
H2Oi, a two-day Volkswagen and Audi event, relocated to Atlantic City earlier this year following backlash against the event's increasing rowdiness.
"They're good for safety because everyone's going faster and people are drinking on the sidewalks and stuff. More recently, it's been getting crazier and crazier. I think it's got a lot to do with the cars nowadays," said Brett Richardson, a longtime Cruisin' OC visitor.
Every year thousands of car hobbyists descend on the town looking to show off their hot rods.
For some longtime participants, they say the event is not about speeding but about the community.
"I understand why they're doing it because there are people who are out of control but the majority are good people. Just enjoying cars, being safe," said Bill Schwartz, another longtime cruiser who came into town early for the event.
Higher fines await violators who are caught.
However, opportunities to rev up those engines will be available at the US 13 Dragway in Delmar on Friday and Saturday.
"It's such a tradition. It's a great location, great city for it. Bring the family, have fun, enjoy the cars. I think it still works," said Rusty Rahmer of Valley Forge, Pa. who makes the trip down for the event every year.
The special events zone is in effect through Sunday, May 20.