Ocean Metropolis’s try to extend penalties for reckless driving throughout particular occasions has been shut down by state legislators.
Massive crowds flood Ocean Metropolis annually throughout particular occasions, resembling Ocean Metropolis Cruisin’, Countless Summer time Cruisin’ and the unsanctioned H2O Worldwide. These crowds, nonetheless, carry a whole lot of undesirable and reckless driving conduct to the seaside city.
Final 12 months, with a purpose to deter a few of this conduct, Ocean Metropolis officers carried out a particular occasion zone via a invoice within the Maryland Basic Meeting. The particular occasion zone elevated fines as much as $1,000 for extreme rushing.
Whereas city officers say the particular occasion zone was profitable, extra must be completed to fight reckless driving. A method to do that could be to additionally enhance the fines for different visitors violations, resembling negligent driving, automobile racing and burnouts.
Tickets for tire spinning, for example, sometimes price $70, in line with the Ocean Metropolis Police Division. With out extra extreme penalties in place Ocean Metropolis officers are involved this sort of inappropriate conduct will proceed at future particular occasions.
State representatives for Worcester County took Ocean Metropolis’s considerations and launched laws this session that will enhance fines for a number of completely different visitors violations in a particular occasion zone.
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Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, R-38-Worcester, and Delegate Wayne Hartman, R-38C-Worcester, had been the the lead sponsors of the invoice and advocated for its approval. In the end, although, the invoice was voted down in its respective Senate and Home committees.
Ocean Metropolis Mayor Rick Meehan was not instantly obtainable for touch upon the unsuccessful particular occasion zone invoice.
If this stricter invoice had handed, an individual convicted of any of the next violations inside a particular occasion zone might have been fined as much as $1,000:
- driving a motorized vehicle at a pace exceeding the posted pace restrict
- negligent driving
- driving a motorized vehicle in a race or pace contest that doesn’t lead to critical bodily damage to a different individual
- skidding, spinning of wheels or inflicting extreme noise
Since this laws didn’t cross, the particular occasion zone will stay the identical and better fines will solely apply to extreme rushing. Final summer time, Ocean Metropolis lowered the pace restrict to 30 miles per hour throughout occasions, resembling Cruisin’ and H2Oi.
“Whereas I consider we made a robust case on the listening to for the necessity to broaden the violations below the present legislation, the Committee members weren’t inclined to extend penalties once more this 12 months after granting the approval for the Particular Occasions Zone final 12 months,” Carozza stated in a press release.
Though native officers expressed their disappointment within the invoice’s final result, Carozza stated they’ve left the choice open to returning subsequent session and asking once more for elevated penalties to be added to the particular occasion zone.
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