Petition Aims To End Go Topless Jeep Weekend

Barbara Schwarz
May 20, 2019 - 6:51 pm
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GALVESTON (1080 KRLD) - A petition to end the Go Topless Jeep Weekend in Galveston County is gaining steam. 

The event is a gathering of Jeep lovers and the topless part relates to taking the top off the vehicle. It's been held for several years and last weekend resulted in 125 arrests on the Bolivar Peninsula and over 600 calls to police. 

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says he does not see how the petition would work because there's no sponsor behind the event. It's spread by social media.   

"Texas has an open beach act. From my understanding if you close certain roads to the beach, then you have to give them areas to park. I'm not sure how this can be conducted or stopped without going to Austin and having the senators and representatives fix it."

He says arrests were for fights, criminal tresspass, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, to reckless driving and accidents.

He says several people had to be flown to hospitals. One person fell out of a vehicle and was run over by the same jeep and another person was given CPR after being pulled out of a burning vehicle that had just been in a head on collision. 

You can view the petition here.