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MSP Monitoring Woodward Leading Up To Dream Cruise

It's a safety net.

August 12, 2019 - 10:27 am

(WWJ) The Woodward Dream Cruise is Saturday but the week leading up to it has become just as big for classic cars and their fans. You can see them lined up on Woodward every  night this week, and parked in local driveways during the day.   

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says expansion of the event into multi-day festivities has forced them to adapt.

"Any big events that happen like this, we keep an eye on it through our Michigan Intelligence Operations Center that's located in our headquarters up in Lansing. And then, actually, it's a manpower issue for our local cities that kind of look at how they go through. It's going to be a big event for everybody out there."

Shaw says the State Police act as a safety net to back up the local authorities that patrol the areas up and down Woodward.

MSP's help comes after Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue issued a zero tolerance warning to cruisers early in the summer, saying loud cars, alcohol, noise and would not be tolerated in the weeks leading up to the cruise. He said Royal Oakers have 'had enough' of the summer-long event. 

"It falls on the police every year, once the weather turns warm, to depress any unlawful behavior along the city’s nearly six miles of curbs on Woodward Avenue," the city wrote, adding "The summer-long activity is incredibly disruptive to the otherwise quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods adjacent to Woodward."

Nearly 1 million people are said to line Woodward during the cruise, watching and cheering on the hottest rides in the history of Detroit's automakers. Billed officially as a one-day event, cruisers usually take to the Woodward strip on weekend nights by July at the latest.

"I live near 13 and Woodward and have dealt with the cruisers since I moved here in 2006. I never minded it, but it does suck when it goes on all night. There were times I couldn’t even keep windows open on nice nights due to the noise. I always felt as long as people were respectful about it, I was fine with it. It sucks the police have to do this every Saturday to contain it, though," resident Danielle Szostak wrote on the city's 'zero tolerance' post.