Cruisin’ Ocean City is Maryland’s popular car show, featuring over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and more. The event took place from May 19 through May 22 at the Oceanside Boardwalk in Ocean City.
On opening day this year, a man was killed when his motorcycle slammed into a pickup truck, prompting rescue workers to use tarps to shield the graphic scene from a mass of onlookers. Law enforcement officers reportedly attempted to stop the motorcycle for a traffic violation just minutes before the collision, but at no point did the officers pursue the man with lights and sirens.
Three weeks later, another car show is headed to Ocean City, raising concerns about the dangers of the reckless driving that seems to be common at these events. In previous years, drivers have been arrested for dangerous driving practices and violent behavior, including the assault of a police horse during a fight at an event in 2014.
“You have a lot of people on vacation, thinking there’s no laws, out drinking and looking to show off,” said event organizer Brad Hoffman.
Regardless, the Ocean City Police Department assures the public that there is nothing for residents and visitors to fear this weekend at the Ocean City Car and Truck Show.
“We don’t typically see as many vehicles on the road for this weekend as we do for the Cruisin’ weekend,” stated Lindsay Richard, spokeswoman for Ocean City police. “We see a large number of people in town, but then again, it is June, so we’re going to see a large number of people in town regardless of the event.”
Many visitors are expected to attend the event this weekend. As many as 37% of people say that vacations bring happiness to their families, and as long as the proper safety precautions are in place, it is likely that this weekend’s event will make a lot of vacationers very happy.
Ocean City’s Car and Truck Show will take place this Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 12 at the Ocean City Convention Center.