Daytona

The first day of TruckToberfest in Daytona Beach was relatively quiet, law enforcement officials said Saturday morning. 

A noticeable number of tricked-out big trucks were evident on State Road A1A on the beachside and on other main roads by Friday night. 

For Daytona Beach police and Volusia County sheriff's deputies, Friday night was fairly easygoing. But the police presence on the beachside and elsewhere was significant, and a source of some complaint among those who came to the area for the three-day event.

"I live in the area and a few buddies and I rode around the town," wrote Christian Olsen on the Daytona TruckToberfest Facebook page Saturday morning. "ALL of us got pulled over and ticketed for nothing. Might be safer to get together anywhere buy Daytona."

Officers have pulled over drivers whose trucks violate the law in regard to their height and the tint of the windows, but the activity hasn't mirrored the behavior witnessed during the official Daytona Truck Meet in June, said Messod Bendayan, spokesman for Daytona Beach police.

During the June weekend event, thousands of big trucks clogged traffic along AIA and engaged in rowdy behavior on Seabreeze Boulevard. Law enforcement in the area issued hundreds of citations and arrested several for drunken driving during that event. The June event also led to the increased police presence for Truckboberfest, which has not specific planned activities.

Bendayan said by phone Saturday morning that he hadn't been contacted by any command staff about any major issues from Friday night.

"If there was a problem, they would've called me by now," Bendayan said.

Unlike the Daytona Truck meet that had official sponsors and events, TruckToberfest is driven by social media.

"That's why we didn't expect it to be nearly as big of a crowd," Bendayan said.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Saturday morning that his deputies had written about 100 tickets in connection to TruckToberfest but that there had been no major issues to report so far.

Chitwood was one of several elected officials, members of law enforcement and residents who let would-be TruckToberfest attendees know in advance that the unlawful and reckless behavior of the June Daytona Truck Meet wouldn't be tolerated.

This is a friendly reminder from @SheriffChitwood about Daytona TruckToberfest this weekend pic.twitter.com/NBy4CaIudG

— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) October 22, 2021

"There's going to be tow trucks out here," Chitwood said. "There's going to be strict enforcement of the motor vehicle code, so if you're coming here to show your ass, you're not going to like where it ends up."

In the Daytona Trucktoberfest Facebook group, a number of people complained that the law enforcement presence was onerous. Others posted that not many big truck owners were attending the event, and wanted to know where people were gathering.

"I just have to say I am very disappointed with Daytona Beach and the police officers," wrote Sabrina Risher-Cole. "They are pulling these kids over for the stupidest (expletive) ever. They can't even go to a parking lot and just meet and have a good time."

But area residents on the group page also pushed back, suggesting that if attendees behaved they wouldn't have any issues with law enforcement.

"Look, it's the same regardless of the event," wrote Jill Criscione. "Y'all come down here and plan of going buck wild and expect us to turn a blind eye to when you break the law. No!"

This is a developing story. Please check back later for more details.

Source : https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/2021/10/23/police-1st-night-trucktoberfest-daytona-beach-fairly-calm/6121806001/

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