More than 500 traffic citations were written during the three-day Trucktoberfest event this past weekend in Volusia County, but law enforcement officials stated the event was quieter than previous years.
Days before the unsanctioned event took place, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office warned visitors to respect the city of Daytona Beach’s rules or face the consequences.
“If you’re coming to the Daytona Beach area, respect our cities, our laws, and our residents,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood in a tweet last week. “Criminal activity will not be tolerated, fines will be issued for all traffic and equipment violations, and vehicles will be towed.”
Central Florida resident Travis Watters was attending the event as a first-timer with his 2019 Chevy Silverado — which won “best in show” in a contest during the gathering. Watters rode with his family through the strip a few times in his lifted and award-winning truck, enjoying the pleasant weather and felt the overall vibe was positive. Although he did see some rowdiness, here and there.
“Very few people were out causing trouble,” he said. “The ones getting stopped were the kids raising hell that deserved it, from what I could tell.”
He also noticed a heavy presence of deputies and officers parked along State Road A1A and on foot.
VCSO and Daytona Beach Police did indeed increase patrol officers and tow trucks, ready for any vehicle that violated the motor vehicle code with custom features ahead of the event, which had more than 7,000 followers in its Facebook group.
VCSO reported 320 traffic stops between Friday and Saturday, issuing 281 traffic citations. Sunday numbers were not updated at the time of this report. Of the recorded incidents, only one towing was reported and one felony arrest was made.
Although the arrest was reported by the Trucktoberfest unit the arrest was not related to the event and occurred when the driver of a Lexus attempted to elude deputies performing a traffic stop after the driver was seen speeding, said VCOS’s spokesman Andrew Gant.
Overall the event was tamer than in previous years, Gant said, citing the agency’s forewarnings as the reason why.
“Looking back on the event, I think law enforcement was successful in getting its message across in advance, and that set the tone for a safe weekend that was less disruptive than what residents have experienced before,” Gant said. “The participants knew there would be zero tolerance for law-breaking and strict enforcement of all traffic and motor vehicle laws.”
DBPD recorded another 242 traffic stops and issued 259 traffic citations between Friday and Saturday. Daytona Beach officer reported two felony arrests Friday and 12 misdemeanors. The city towed six vehicles and reported one traffic crash.
Looking back on the event, Watters was pretty pleased with his first time at Trucktoberfest. Having your truck win first place helps create a memorable experience, but Watters felt the whole weekend lived up to the hype.
“I will most likely visit again next year,” Watters said. “We love the trucks and the beach. Why not?”
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