Daytona Beach Shores Issues Traffic Citations, Tows Trucks During Unsanctioned Truck Meet

The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety issued 688 traffic citations and towed 46 trucks between Friday and Sunday, June 10-12, during the unsanctioned truck meet.

Public Safety Officers made 29 misdemeanor and six felony arrests, with felonies including carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, narcotics violations and wanted persons. Officers also handled two traffic accidents. Volusia County Corrections set up a jail at Public Safety to process individuals who were arrested so that officers could quickly return to patrol.

The crowd for the truck meet was smaller this year, and Public Safety officials believe Saturday evening’s stormy weather helped keep the numbers down. Public Safety Officers were assisted with enforcement by law enforcement officers from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, DeLand Police Department, New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Orange City Police Department and South Daytona Police Department.

Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Issues 688 Traffic Citations, Tows 46 Trucks During Unsanctioned Truck Meet

The Shores was part of the designated Special Event Zone established through a new state law, and the city had a zero-tolerance policy for traffic infractions during the unsanctioned truck meet. Under the state law, fines are doubled for noncriminal traffic infractions, and loud music and horns were prohibited near private residences. This weekend’s truck meet was the first use of the new law.

Many visitors received the message that our community was not going to tolerate the same illegal and destructive behavior as last year,” said Public Safety Director Stephan Dembinsky. “The new state law allowed us to enforce the expanded prohibition of excessive noise, which reduced disruption to our residents.”

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