OCEAN CITY, Maryland (WJZ) – A pop-up auto show, often hosted on social media, takes Ocean City by storm every year and this year is no different as locals brace themselves for massive crowds they believe will start showing up no matter what. when now.
Things have gone wrong in the past during the unauthorized H2Oi car rally in Ocean City.
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“It’s not something that is endorsed or encouraged by the City of Ocean City. If that didn’t happen, it would certainly be good for us, ”said Richard Meehan, Mayor of Ocean City.
A few spectators from last year said they were just there to have fun. But after a bystander was hit by a car in 2019 and an officer assaulted in 2020, Maryland State Police are again calling for reinforcements from surrounding departments and other state agencies. to help with crowd control.
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“Violators of this exposure conduct can face increased fines and even end up behind bars if they are not careful,” said Elana Russo, spokesperson for MSP.
Residents and vacationers who do not attend the event are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling on the roads leading to Ocean City.
“There is going to be a high volume of traffic and we know what has happened in the past may have contributed to some unfortunate incidents and we don’t want that to happen this year,” Russo said.
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The event is scheduled to last until September 26. State police said they would be in the area until the event was over.