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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Chief's Statement On Daytona Truck Meet 2020

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It’s not easy to organize and manage big event crowds under normal circumstances, much less in the middle of a pandemic.

Labor Day weekend is always a challenge for our officers, especially those on beachside who handle the large beach crowds that always come with the unofficial end to summer.

It was made even more challenging this time with the annual Daytona Truck Meet, which was postponed from earlier this year until Labor Day weekend because of COVID-19.

Despite all that, we worked with the group organizing the event once again to make sure we didn’t have as many issues as we did in years past.

For the most part, things went according to plan.

  • 831 citations were handed out during this year’s Truck Meet by all law enforcement agencies involved in the event, a large drop compared to last year (1,855) and the year before (2,131).
  • Law enforcement filed 7 felony and 48 misdemeanor charges for Truck Meet 2020, both fewer than the past two years. 2019 had 9 felonies and 58 misdemeanors and 2018 had 13 felonies and 64 misdemeanors.
  • There was a slight uptick in vehicles towed this year (19) versus last year (13), but it was fewer than the 22 hauled away in 2018.

We couldn’t have done it without the cooperation of the event planners and our partners at Daytona International Speedway and One Daytona. They stepped up by hosting numerous events all weekend long, giving truck enthusiasts the chance to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible manner.

Our captains, lieutenants, sergeants and officers put in a lot of overtime to make sure we had the streets covered and keep traffic flowing.

Our thanks as well to all the neighboring police departments who provided personnel.

We know these events can be aggravating at times, especially for beachside residents. We appreciate your cooperation, your understanding and any constructive criticism you’d like to share with us.

Sincerely,

Chief Craig Capri

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