In anticipation of another unpermitted, unsanctioned pop-up event this weekend, Sheriff Mike Chitwood has again designated an area where all laws and codes will be strictly enforced, fines will be doubled, and violator vehicles will be impounded.
Three individuals promoting “Daytona Truck Meet 2023” on social media have been identified, contacted, and advised of the ramifications of a disruptive, unpermitted event which strains public safety resources, interferes with traffic flow and jeopardizes the public welfare.
Effective in 2022, Florida law authorizes the sheriff or chief administrative officer of a county or municipality to designate an area as a special event zone in response to a special event, defined as an unpermitted activity or event organized or promoted via a social media platform which is attended by 50 or more persons and substantially increases or disrupts the normal flow of traffic on a roadway, street, or highway. The law:
- Doubles the statutory fine for any noncriminal traffic infraction that occurs within a special event zone.
- Allows a law enforcement officer to impound a vehicle for up to 72 hours for any noncriminal traffic infraction or criminal traffic violation that occurs in a special event zone.
- Authorizes a law enforcement officer to enforce occupancy limits in a special event zone.
- Provides for the recovery of costs associated with designating and enforcing a special event zone from the organizer or promoter of the special event.
A map of this weekend’s zone is attached and also described in the sheriff’s signed order. Signs marking the zone will be posted by Thursday morning and enforcement is scheduled to begin Friday morning. The designation will remain in effect as long as reasonably necessary, but not if/after the event dissipates.
For more information on past special event zones in Volusia County, visit: https://www.volusiasheriff.