Bill to increase OC special events zone fine to $1,000 killed
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A bill that would’ve had negligent drivers shelling out close to $1,000 for a fine in Ocean City’s special events zone has been killed. Senate Bill 682, introduced by Senator Mary Beth Carozza looked to increase the penalties for traffic violations in Worcester County’s Special Event Zone from $50 to $1,000. Carozza and ocean city officials say the bill was to show residents and visitors that they were serious about keeping everyone safe. And while Carozza says she believes the bill was important, it didn’t receive a favorable report from the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee and it will not be advancing this year.
“Their tune, their stance this year is that they are not inclined to increase penalties after passing the special events zone legislation last year it was quite a heavy lift last year to have them move forward and approve that special event soon legislation, “said Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-District 38).
Carozza adds that although she’s disappointed with the committee’s decision, she’s looking forward to bringing this type of bill forward again next session and push for the increased penalties.