DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Loud music, burn outs in the road and people urinating in the streets.
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Those are just some of the complaints from the Lifted Truck Meet in Daytona Beach in the past.
“We are pushing back, we’re going to protect our community, we’re going to protect our businesses,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
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Chitwood is laying out how he and other agencies are using a new law to crack down on those issues.
The lifted truck event has now moved to Miami, but some trucks are still expected to head to Daytona Beach this weekend, where another promoter has been advertising it on Facebook.
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The sheriff’s office, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores and Volusia County Beach Safety are all pooling their resources together for it.
This the first time the sheriff will get to take advantage of new legislation signed just last month.
It creates these special event zones where penalties are enhanced, and vehicles can be impounded.
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Last year’s lifted truck meet drew thousands of trucks to the area and caused problems for people living near the beach.
“If you are out there acting like a fool … you are going to end up with traffic fines that are doubled,” Chitwood said.
A new law signed last month allows the sheriff to set up a special events zone for unpermitted and unsanctioned events.
In these specified zones, traffic fines are doubled and vehicles will be towed.
“If your truck is jacked up this high off the ground, it’s going to get towed, it’s going to get impounded,” Chitwood said.
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The sheriff said this special event zone will stretch from Bellair Plaza to the Dunlawton bridge from 8 a.m. Friday morning until the event ends.
The sheriff said that he had sent letters out to the event’s promoter, asking him to stop promoting the event on social media if he was not going to work with the cities and law enforcement to get it permitted and sanctioned.
There will also be extra law enforcement out on the beachside.
“We want people coming here going to our restaurants. We want families here we want this to be a destination and not, ‘I’m going to knock the chamber wide open’ fun,” Chitwood said.
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