Ocean City is preparing for an unofficial car show that will likely draw large crowds on the streets and a number of vehicles to the Maryland resort town through the weekend.

Ocean City is preparing for an unofficial car show that will likely draw large crowds on the streets and a number of vehicles to the Maryland resort town through the weekend.

Ocean City once hosted the now-defunct “H2Oi” car show years ago, but people on social media continue to organize online and show up in late September.

The town said that it is establishing a Special Event Zone from Tuesday through Sunday, in hopes of alleviating the expected traffic congestion and to address safety concerns.

The zone lowers the speed limit and increases motor vehicle violation fines and penalties.

Last year, Ocean City had issues dealing with drag racing, people burning out their tires and overall reckless driving.

At the time, Mayor Rick Meehan said that “can never happen again.”

Under new state law approved through the Maryland Legislature’s Special Event Zone Bill, police can also arrest people for unauthorized exhibition driving and certain other offenses.

“Due to the pop-up car rally, this upcoming weekend is not going to be a typical fall weekend at the beach,” Meehan said in a statement.

“We encourage our residents to avoid traveling on Coastal Highway if possible, as traffic is going to be unusually heavy,” he said.

Meehan is also discouraging visitors from showing up during this time period.

“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,” Meehan said.


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