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What Ocean City, Worcester drivers can expect Sept. 21-26

by DrewLUD


In just over a week, the anticipated chaos that is H2Oi will make its way into Ocean City. 

The pop-up car rally will likely bring thousands of car enthusiasts into town. The unsanctioned rally is typically marked by daring vehicle stunts, excessive drinking and clashes with law enforcement.

If you plan on driving in Ocean City or Worcester County from Sept. 21-26, here’s what you can expect.

Lower speed limits

All speed limits over 30 mph will be reduced to 30 mph from Sept. 21-26 in Ocean City and Worcester County.

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During this time period, the entire county will be considered a special event zone. Fines and penalties are increased when the special event zone is in place.

Increased police presence 

Police presence will increase in Worcester County and along Route 50 from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City. 

In town, Ocean City Police will be accompanied by Maryland State Police and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to handle crime and crowds. Other agencies will also assist.

Thousands of car enthusiast flock to Ocean City Maryland over the last few days for the unofficial H20i. Police agencies from around the state were in full force, enforcing the event zone, as hundreds of the cars were impounded and towed. Thousands of people were out looking and participating Saturday, September 26 in Ocean City. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Daily Times)

Along Route 50, increased law enforcement will monitor speeding, aggressive driving and any vehicles that don’t meet Maryland safety standards. This is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bay to Beach Highway Safety Initiative.

Traffic and rowdiness

The past few years, Coastal Highway has effectively become a parking lot during H2Oi weekend as cars flood the road.

At a Motor Event Task Force meeting Aug. 27, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro advised against driving on Coastal Highway unless necessary during H2Oi, specifically from Thursday to Saturday.


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